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Aston DBX: The most luxurious SUV – and tested on kids!

ASTON MARTIN DBX: Image: Aston Martin

GAYDON, England – The proximity of the global unveil of Aston Martin’s first SUV, the DBX, on November 20 2019 in Beijing, China, has nudged the luxury British brand to release the first image of its leather-lined, super-luxe, cabin.

Yep, that’s it above…

The car’s base price has also been announced: £158 000 in the UK, €193 500 in Germany, and $189 900 in the USA. You do the sums…

Aston Martin says that, given its expertise in hand-crafted interiors, the DBX has been designed inside and out to ensure owners feel at home from the moment they enter the cabin.

ASTON MARTIN: Image: Aston Martin

”Put into figures,” AM says, ”the DBX has been created to meet the needs of the 99th percentile male to the 5th percentile female; an incredibly broad set of requirements”.

OK, then…

AM’s decision to use a bespoke chassis allowed its design team, led by chief creative officer Marek Reichman, to tailor the cabin to meet the requirements of DBX customers with the most space while maintaining a low roofline.

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More than six months were spent on defining the driving position to allow enough human movement to allow clear readability of all controls and screens and a clear view through the windows. The driver is delivered of a clear view of the bonnet to give confidence in tight spaces.

”Fundamentally,” AM says, ”the DBX has a cabin that gives the driver immediate  confidence along with a promise of dynamic performance.”

ASTON MARTIN: Image: Aston Martin

Each facia button and dial is said to have been positioned after extensive testing from ”external counsel”, including a female advisory board and many customer clinics.

New TFT screens are large but do not, AM says, ”interrupt the elegant overall flow of the interior design”. There’s a bridged centre console with storage space below for larger items such as a handbag, keeping valuables close to hand while not occupying the passenger seat and away from soiling from the carpeting.”

STARE AT THE SKY

Rear passengers will be pampered but without the sense that they’re leaning over those in the front. The needs of children were also considered extensively and, in a new exercise for Aston Martin, a group of children were invited to share their experience of ingress and egress and sitting in an ergonomic assessment model at the company’s design studio.

Above them will be a full-length glass roof.

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