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