Aston Martin has just released images of its first ever SUV - the DBX. Kitted out with camo, it has been put through the paces on a 'Welsh Rally Stage' and frankly, looks quite at home amongst the mud.
But this is just the beginning of the extensive and customised test programme that the luxury SUV will be exposed to. It's going to go up some of the world's harshest environments - from the Arctic to the deserts of the Middle East. Of course, it will also make its way through some traditional high Alpine passes and take on the speedy German Autobahnen and Nürburgring Nordschleife.
"We have already developed and tuned DBX in the driving simulator, which has enabled us to make excellent progress in advance of the first physical prototype cars being available. Still, it’s always a big day when you get to put the first actual miles on an early prototype and I’m delighted with the near perfect correlation between the simulator and this prototype," said Aston Martin Chief Engineer, Matt Becker.
"As an engineer, it’s genuinely exciting to get a feel for the car you’re working to create. DBX is a very different kind of Aston Martin, but we will be testing it in all conditions and across all terrains to ensure it delivers a driving experience worthy of the wings badge."
While Aston Martin is yet to reveal what engine will be hiding under the hood, there are whispers of a six-cylinder AMG powetrain at the lower end, as well bi-turbo V8, hybrid and EV models.
The Aston Martin DBX SUV is set to launch in Q4 2019 and we are still waiting to see what the price tag will look like.