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HOT CAR, COLD TESTING: Aston Martin’s DBX, the brand’s first SUV, has been chewing up the ice and snow in Sweden during cold-weather testing. Image: Aston Martin

GAYDON, England – The Aston Martin DBX – the British luxury marque’s first SUV – has undergone an intensive week of development testing at Pirelli’s Swedish facility close to the Arctic Circle.

The Flurheden Proving Ground has a range of extreme environments from snowy roads to ice-handling courses which were used by Aston Martin’s vehicle dynamics specialists, led by chief engineer Matt Becker, to rack the DBX.

Becker said: “The DBX needs to be ready for a wide range of multi-terrain surfaces so, as well as day-to-day situations we need to test it in extreme conditions, especially its sure-footedness on low-grip surfaces.

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”This car propels Aston Martin into a new segment. Our engineering team is enjoying the challenges of developing a quality luxury SUV experience through this robust testing schedule.

”I’m confident that we will deliver over and above our customers’ expectations.”

The DBX will go into prototype build in mid-2019, full production will start in 2020.

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