Aston Martin has confirmed the prototype of the company’s first SUV – the DBX – has been tested along a demanding Welsh Rally stage by the company’s Chief Engineer, Matt Becker.
The company says this first test signifies the start of an extensive real-world testing program for the DBX during which the SUV will be subjected to a punishing regime that will ultimately see development prototypes of the tackle some of the world’s harshest environments.
Aston Martin says that the unique nature of DBX in its range means it requires a dedicated test program; one that features new processes, procedures and standards that reflect its all-purpose role.
“We have already developed and tuned DBX in the driving simulator, which has enabled us to make excellent progress in advance of the first physical prototype cars being available,” said Becker. “Still, it’s always a big day when you get to put the first actual miles on an early prototype and I’m delighted with the near perfect correlation between the simulator and this prototype. As an engineer, it’s genuinely exciting to get a feel for the car you’re working to create. DBX is a very different kind of Aston Martin, but we will be testing it in all conditions and across all terrains to ensure it delivers a driving experience worthy of the wings badge.”
DBX is scheduled to be unveiled in the last quarter of 2019.