The Aston Martin DBX can be yours from RM818K

By JAY WONG | 7 October 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Aston Martin Kuala Lumpur has unveiled the DBX - the brand's first sports utility vehicle here in Malaysia.

Available with a base price of RM818,000 (before duties, options, taxes and insurance), the DBX is ready for viewing appointments and bookings.

The DBX is of course fully imported as a CBU unit and hails from the British sports car brand's new manufacturing plant in St Athan, Wales in the UK.

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In the looks department, the DBX possesses the signature ‘DB’ grille at the front, through the sculptured sides and design feature line, to the tailgate with a flip that draws inspiration from Vantage.

Other details pepper the DBX, including the hidden side glass seals on the frameless doors while the glass B-pillar finishers enhance the breadth of this SUV.

Cutaway sills also assist in narrowing the stepover required to enter the sumptuous cabin, while reducing the risk of ruining a fine dress or suit on arrival to a dinner engagement.

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At the car’s front, the daytime running lights (DRLs) have an integrated aerodynamic duct which channels air through the front wheel arches and along the side, helping to reduce both drag and lift while also cooling the brakes.

With a 3,060mm wheelbase, this British performance SUV comes in measuring 5,039mm-long, 2,220mm-wide and 1,680mm-tall.

The DBX rolls on 22-inch wheels equipped with tyre pressure monitoring system and wrapped by Pirelli P Zero tyres in staggered formation - 285/40 (front) and 325/35 (rear).

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Stopping power comes from the six-piston (front) and single-piston (rear) callipers that bite down on the 410mm(front) and 390mm (rear) discs.

Air flows cleanly over the roof, through the rear wing, over the rear window and on to the rear lip.

This unique approach and design detail allow the rear screen to self-clear on the move. Aerodynamic design has also played a key part in passenger comfort because as one of only a few companies using computational aeroacoustics technology.

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Aston Martin’s engineers have been able to keep cabin noise to a minimum while at speed.

Power comes from a 4.0-litre (3,982cc) twin-turbo V8 engine that's also found in the DB11 and Vantage and drinks from an 85-litre fuel tank to produce 550PS at 6,500rom and 700Nm of torque from 2,200 to 5,000rpm for the all-wheel-drive (AWD) system.

This allows the 2,245kg (Kerb) SUV to sprint from 0 to 100kph in 4.5 seconds and onwards to a top speed of 291kph - all thanks to a nine-speed automatic gearbox with an electronic shift-by-wire control system to manage power delivery, and is able to tow up to 2,700kg.

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The AWD system comes with active differentials featuring an active central differential and an electronic rear limited-slip differential (eDiff) that's connected by a carbon fibre propellor shaft.

This allows the torque to be moved precisely both fore and aft in the vehicle and also across the rear axle when swapping between four on-road and two off-road modes.

Weight distribution for the DBX stands at 54% (front) and 46% (rear) and has a 22.2-degree approach angle, 15.1-degree break-over angle and 24.3-degree departure angle.

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The DBX is suspended by an adaptive triple volume air suspension system that's been combined with the latest 48V electric anti-roll control system (eARC), electronic adaptive dampers and variable spring stiffness.

The eARC is able to provide an anti-roll force per axle of 1,400Nm and the air suspension system allows the ride-height to be raised by 45mm or lowered by 50mm. Ground clearance stands at 190mm to give it a wading depth of 500mm.

This five-seater SUV has a boot capacity of 632 litres (with an additional 62 litres of underfloor storage) and can be accessed via the 40:20:40-split-folding rear seats.

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Optional accessory packages are offered for new owners such as the Pet package which includes a portable washer to help clean their pet after a "muddy" excursion before heading home.

The interior is imbued with plenty of luxury accoutrements that include full-grain leather (from Bridge of Weir) for the sports seats and Alcantara for the roof lining and blind for the full-length glass panoramic roof.

There's plenty of metal, glass and wood to go around throughout the cabin.

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The front seats are 12-way powered with three memory slots and heating.

For comfort and convenience, the DBX features keyless-entry with push-start button, three-zone climate control, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, acoustic laminated glass, automatic wipers, powered tailgate, powered steering column and approach illumination.

For lighting, it's LEDs of course, for the active rear brake lights, automatic Bi-LED headlights with auto high-beam function, daytime runners, rear fogs and third brake lights.

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As part of ‘Q by Aston Martin’ – Aston Martin’s personalisation service, optional features for the centre console can be machined from a solid piece of wood, such as Walnut, for added tactility.

A contemporary range of exquisite wood, composite and metal veneers ensure that the cabin can be tailored to any taste.

This includes a range of innovative materials and an industry-first application of a fabric made from 80% wool.

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A new flax composite – derived from the same plant as fine linen, also provides an alternative to carbon fibre and a distinctive design aesthetic.

Framed by these materials is the 10.25-inch TFT screen for the infotainment system that's only bested by the 12.3-inch TFT screen for the driver's instrument cluster.

The infotainment unit features standard applications such as Apple CarPlay, a 360-degree camera system and a dual-zone (front and rear) 64-colour ambient lighting system as well as an 800-watt, 14-speaker audio system with four USB ports, an SD-card slot, voice control, sat-nav and Bluetooth connectivity.

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For safety, the DBX gets fitted as standard with an electric parking brake with auto park brake hold, anti-lock braking system, electronic stability control, traction control, emergency brake assist, roll-over stability control, hill descent control and hill start assist.

Further bolstering safety is the inclusion of adaptive cruise control, speed limiter, forward collision warning autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection and lane departure warning.

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Also included are lane keep assist, lane change warning, rear cross-traffic warning, traffic sign recognition, blind-spot warning, door opening warning, emergency call, six airbags and Isofix child-seat anchor points.

"The DBX's striking design echoes the unmistakable style of Aston martin's iconic sports cars and is matched by its impressive versatility in performance," said Aston Martin Kuala Lumpur general manager Kumara Sooriar Sivanasan.

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