Aston Martin debuted its first-ever SUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show, entering a new segment in its 106-year history. SUVs often go on to become a brand’s bestselling vehicles, and Aston Martin has built the DBX to play against the likes of Bentley Bentayga, Rolls-Royce Cullinan, and Lamborghini Urus.

The DBX uses a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine lifted from the DB11 and Vantage. Slightly retuned for the SUV, the engine generates 542hp and 700Nm. Power is channelled through a nine-speed automatic transmission to the SUV’s AWD system. It features an active central differential and an electronic rear limited-slip differential.

Aston Martin DBX

The Aston Martin DBX carries the firm's signature design rather well.

Aston Martin has kitted the DBX with an active exhaust system and cylinder deactivation technology. Weighing 2,245kg, the DBX can still hit 100kph in 4.5 seconds, topping out at 291kph. Holding a clear advantage over Aston Martin sports coupes and saloon, the DBX can accommodate 832 litres of luggage with the second row up, and expand to 1,540 litres with them folded down. Here is an Aston Martin that is practical and sporty in equal measure.

A full-length glass panoramic sunroof lends the cabin a spacious, airy feel. Aston Martin has kitted the DBX with a 12.3-inch all-digital instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch infotainment screen. Apple CarPlay is standard, and so is a 360-degree camera system. The British carmaker is offering a custom 1913 package with the SUV that comes with unique fender badges, sill plaques, and an inscription plaque. However, Aston Martin has something even more exclusive in store for the first 500 DBX owners.

The company says its CEO Andy Palmer will personally inspect and endorse each of the first 500 cars. Each customer will receive a build-book signed by Palmer and the firm’s Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman. The company will also invite the customers to a “regionally hosted Waldorf Astoria celebration cocktail party.” An executive from the Aston Martin Lagonda executive team will host the event.

Aston Martin DBX 2020

Typical of Aston Martin, the DBX's interiors are sumptuous and fully customisable.

With the launch of the DBX, Aston Martin adds another product to its portfolio, while simultaneously broadening its appeal. The British carmaker will begin delivering the first DBXs by the second half of 2020.