Aston Martin's first crossover - the DBX - has been previewed in an image showing the car's profile. It's the first we've seen of the car since the 2015 DBX concept

The Aston Martin DBX has been shown at in a preview image for the first time. It's the only glimpse of the production model we've had since the 2015 Geneva motor show concept outlined the car's look. 

Released at the handover of Aston's new premises from the RAF in St Athan, Wales, the image shows a silhouette of the car without revealing any of its styling. Since the concept was revealed over two years ago, the car will be in a more advanced stage of design, which will be fully revealed nearer its production debut in 2019. 

The Welsh plant has been acquired in preparation for Aston's product assault, which begun with the DB11, and will be complete as the plan culminates in an entirely new lineup, including the DBX, as well as two models released under the Lagonda sub-brand. 

This product offensive requires more customers than before, in different segments, which Aston hopes the DBX will exploit; Aston said the DBX Concept was "created to defy conventional thinking about the luxury GT segment [and] reach out to a more diverse global audience than ever before".

It's expected that the DBX will use a more conventional powertrain than the concept's one motor for each wheel; the DB11 uses a turbocharged V12 engine, while the new V8 Vantage will use an AMG-sourced 4.0-litre V8. However, electrification hasn't been ruled out. 

Aston CEO Andy Palmer expects the first DBX prototypes to be completed in the second half of 2018, before production commences in 2019.

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7 April 2017
Hate the idea of an Aston SUV. This is the PERFECT opportunity to keep Aston Martin as a CAR maker, avoiding sullying what it is and what it's about -- there's no Ferrari SUV -- while also allowing the company to enter the lucrative SUV market. Just CALL IT A LAGONDA!!! Or even an Aston Martin Lagonda, if they must. I've heard the Lagonda-isn't-well-known outside the UK argument (I'm in the US), but with good marketing that would not be an issue. Heck, Lexus didn't exist when it was new, and look how marketing made that a huge success. This is the perfect opportunity to re-launch Lagonda and let Aston Martin remain a builder only of sporting CARS.

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