Aston Martin DBX Concept: A Crossover From Bond’s Brand?
High-Riding Coupe Comes With All-Wheel Drive, Electric Power
Aston Martin’s Geneva debuts usually aren’t something you’ll read much about in Truck Trend, but we’ll make an exception for the DBX concept.
Aston says the DBX was “created to defy conventional thinking about the luxury GT segment,” something that’s immediately clear when looking at the all-wheel-drive electric car. It looks like it rides about as high as a BMW X4 or Porsche Macan, but it’s clearly not a utility vehicle. Unlike other SUV “coupes,” the DBX is actually a two-door, with a sloping roofline that wouldn’t look out of place on the brand’s V12 Vantage or Vanquish supercars. A few exterior styling features immediately call attention to themselves.
First, the roofline’s buttresses, which extend in a long arc from A-pillar to C-pillar, are raised slightly from the sheetmetal. The billet aluminum pieces look nice, although their existence on the car is a bit of a mystery; there’s no real reason for them to be there.
Next, many of Aston Martin’s traditional styling cues appear on the DBX, although each has been refined slightly. The wing grille’s horizontal bars look like they’ve been beveled slightly, providing some three-dimensional visual interest to the front of the car. Aston Martin-signature fender vents are molded into the front fenders, although what purpose they serve is somewhat mystifying given the car’s all-electric powertrain. Finally, the taillights look similar to those of Aston’s sports cars, but their lighting elements are very futuristic-looking. According to the company, the DBX portends “a major evolution of the British brand’s world-renowned and highly regarded design language.” It's definitely a better take on a high-riding Aston Martin than the ungainly Lagonda concept from a few years ago.
Aston Martin says it can carry four adults in its cabin, which, predictably, is trimmed in expansive swatches of suede-like Nubuck leather. Interior brightwork matches the billet aluminum used on the exterior, but some subtle gold pinstriping adorns the metals inside. The DBX has generous luggage capacity thanks to the electric powertrain that opens up space both under the hood and in the trunk.
That electric powertrain consists of an electric motor mounted inboard of each wheel. A lithium sulphur battery cell powers the four individual motors, while regenerative braking and low-draw LED lighting maximize electric efficiency.
There’s no word on whether the DBX will ever find its way out of the show circuit and into the garages of the rich and famous everywhere, but Aston Martin acknowledged that it would enter a car into the space the DBX would occupy (high-riding, all-wheel-drive, battery-powered, ultra-luxury two-door, party of one) “in due course.” The company also says a vehicle like the DBX would broaden the brand’s appeal to potential customers worldwide who’ve yet to consider an Aston Martin.
For now, though, the DBX is a concept. We’ll see if it stays that way.
Source: Aston Martin