Crossing A Rubicon – Aston Martin’s DBX

Every so often, a concept car symbolises the crossing of an invisible line. Here’s one of them.

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer next to the DBX concept-Geneva 2015 - image via motorauthority
You’d imagine they’d have found a jacket to fit him… Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer announces the DBX concept-Geneva 2015 – image via motorauthority

The Aston Martin DBX represents the best clue yet to the Gaydon-based marque’s future intentions. Aston Martin’s new CEO, Andy Palmer has stated a version of this car will be produced, telling the Telegraph last week; “The DBX is not an SUV, it’s an expression of a GT sports car; a DB crossing over into that usable space… it will be a five-door vehicle, and it won’t grow much bigger than the DBX.” 

Of course it’s not as though a crossover coupé or sportscar has never been shown in concept form before. Everybody’s been thinking about doing one. Audi/Giugiaro went further and showed the Nanouk a year or two ago while Porsche, lets not forget showed their Panamericana concept as long ago as 1989. The difference here is that Aston Martin are serious about making a car like this and while Jean-Marc Gales has merely dropped hints about doing something similar at Lotus, Palmer has actually gone and planted his flag in the sand.

Despite the wide variety of automotive distractions on show at Geneva this year, it’s highly likely most of the industry pressed their noses and their cameraphones against the Aston’s ample flanks over the duration of the salon. Because what we have here my friends is the likely future of the sports coupé, and whatever you or I might think of it really makes no difference whatsoever. The crossover truly has become an unstoppable force and no segment is immune. Expect to see a production-ready version in about three years time.

Aston-Martin DBX - image via Conceptcarz
The first Grand Turismo crossover? – image via Conceptcarz

The Aston Martin press release contains this quote from CEO, Andy Palmer:

“I asked my team at Aston Martin to expand their thinking beyond conventions, to explore what the future of luxury GT motoring would look like in years ahead, and the DBX Concept you see before you is the result. This is, clearly, not a production-ready sports GT car, but it is a piece of fresh, bold thinking about what Aston Martin GT customers around the world could request of us in the future. A concept car such as this should, in my view, challenge conventional thinking and explore the art of the possible.”

Here's one they tried earlier - the 2010 Lagonda concept - image via toplowridersites
Exploring the art of the abominable, here’s one they tried earlier – image via toplowridersites

Author: Eóin Doyle

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2 thoughts on “Crossing A Rubicon – Aston Martin’s DBX”

  1. Am I missing something or is this project of “fresh, bold thinking” just not a hiked up coupe? Like people standing up in front of you at concerts, the problem with the plethora of SUVs, MPVs and Crossovers is that the literal little guys feel left out.

    It is frustrating for the DB9 owner not to be able to view the road ahead through the bootlid of the slow moving Evoque in front or, when they park their pride and joy in full view in an office car park, to come back and find it rendered invisible by a couple of Qashqais parked either side.

    So of course a taller Aston makes sense since few drivers really need on the edge dynamics. In fact a monster truck version makes even more sense.

  2. May I say the DBX looks rather pleasing? A shooting brake version seems like a natural extension of this theme. The tyres need to have higher sidewalls though. Semantically, this is in keeping with the just-off-the-road image.

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