Geneva LIVE: Aston Martin DBX conceptby Drew Johnson
Aston Martin has an interesting take on the utility vehicle.
Aston Martin has introduced a new segment-blurring concept car at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.
Described as a luxury GT car for the 21st Century, the concept car, known as the DBX, combines the sleek lines of a typical Aston Martin sports car with the high-ride of a utility vehicle. Though not a traditional SUV, the DBX Concept could be our first indication that Aston Martin is considering a new model for the high-growth utility segment.
In addition to its elevated stance, the DBX also boast all-wheel drive thanks to in-wheel electric motors at all four corners. Performance figures weren't released, but the DBX also features a kinetic energy recovery system for an added dose of power. Carbon ceramic disc brakes haul the DBX down from speed.
The DBX is easily identifiable as an Aston Martin design, but there are some forward-looking cues, including thinner headlights, cameras in place of side mirrors, floating roof and unique lower bumper treatments. The DBX is finished in a Black Pear Chromium paint that was specially designed to replicate the look of genuine black pearl.
Inside the DBX offers seating for four and uses rich Nubuck leather to contrast the car's high-tech elements. And because the DBX uses in-wheel motors, both the trunk and under-hood are can be used for cargo, ensuring there is enough luggage space for four passengers.
"A concept car such as this should, in my view, challenge conventional thinking and explore the art of the possible,” said Dr. Andy Palmer, CEO of Aston Martin. "In the DBX Concept, I believe we have created a new type of luxury car that can not only broaden the appeal of Aston Martin to a whole new generation of customers, but sit with pride alongside the rest of our range.”
Palmer added that the DBX isn't production ready, but noted that Aston Martin "will, in due course, be entering a car into the new DBX space.” What exact form that car will take remains a mystery at this time.
Live images by Ronan Glon.