ASTON MARTIN ENTER THE LUXURY SUV SEGMENT IN STYLE.
For many years now, OHLALA Magazine has been inspecting and test driving some of the finest cars available in the market, however, every once and a while we get to experience something that is not only new, but exceptional in nature. This month, thanks to the professional team at Adamas Bahrain Motors, we were fortunate enough to spend some quality time with Aston Martin’s all new creation, the DBX. After no less than 106 years of motor vehicle development, the master craftsmen and women of this world-renowned brand have finally entered the lucrative luxury SUV segment and, by the looks of things, they don’t plan on competing, they intend on taking over.
As we approached the DBX for the first time, the aerodynamic nature of the exterior design was immediately obvious. Aston Martin has utilised all of its sports car building experience as well as computational aeroacoustics technology in the creation of this stunning SUV. Starting at the signature ‘DB’ front grille and flowing through the sculptured sides to the tailgate flip, the lines of this vehicle are truly immaculate. Further adding to the streamlined structure of the car are the integrated ducts on the daytime running lights which channel air through the front wheel arches and along the sides, assisting in both drag reduction and cooling of the brakes.
“Aston Martin has utilised all of its sports car building experience as well as computational aeroacoustics technology in the creation of this stunning SUV.”
At the flanks, numerous aesthetically pleasing details have been integrated into the design, including the hidden side glass seals on the frameless doors complete with flush-fit door handles. At the back end, the signature rear light blade along with the rear aero wing finish off the exterior with a flourish. All these design features, along with many others including the stylish clamshell bonnet with twin vents, 22-inch sport design wheels as well as aluminium and composite body panels, contribute towards the DBX’s outstanding good looks.
The inspirational design of the DBX continues on the inside of the vehicle. We were greeted by 12-way electrically adjustable front seats with memory function that not only provide long-distance comfort as well as support reminiscent of sports car seating, but extra internal space thanks to their slim and svelte structure. This provides the rear seating with extra legroom to go along with the vehicle’s class-leading rear headroom.
The dashboard further accentuates the sense of space and luxury in the DBX, with each dial and button perfectly positioned for maximum efficiency and convenience. The freshly designed sport steering wheel, equipped with new switchgear and large paddles, features an electric steering column tilt and reach adjustment. The bridged centre console has been elegantly incorporated into the layout of the capacious cabin and offers storage space for larger items. The luggage compartment with its 632 litres of space is perfect for transporting suitcases, golf bags or whatever else may be required and comes standard with a power tailgate with gesture control.
Premium materials such as soft leather, walnut wood, glass and bronze have been used throughout, enhancing the luxurious feel of this quality SUV. We highly appreciated the level of effort that goes into the interior of the DBX, with more than 200 hours of dedicated hand-stitching, handcrafting and hand-assembly going into the trimmings and finishes. There is also a choice of 35 colours and materials to select from.
The DBX houses an abundance of technology, including a high definition, 10.25-inch screen in the centre console, a large 12.3-inch TFT screen for the driver, along with a multitude of assistance and safety features. These include a 360° surround camera system, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keep Assist (LKA), Blind Spot Warning (BSW), ISOFIX child seat attachments, airbags throughout and so much more. All these inclusions ensured we felt completely safe as we prepared to put the DBX through its paces on the busy city streets.
Starting up the DBX’s powerful 4.0-litre V8 Twin Turbo engine caused our excitement levels to rise substantially. Able to produce 542bhp at 6,500rpm and 700Nm of torque at 2,200-5,000rpm, this Aston Martin is far more than just a pretty ride. The DBX can surge from 0-100km/h in around 4.5 seconds and boasts a top speed of 291km/h. Not bad for a vehicle weighing in at just under two-and-a-half tons. This powerful setup is greatly enhanced through the nine-speed automatic gearbox, the new adaptive triple volume air suspension, the new 48-volt electric anti-roll control system as well as the new terrain driving modes for both on- and off-road.