The Aston Martin Dbx Plug-in Hybrid Spied

A prototype of an Aston Martin DBX SUV with a plug-in hybrid motor has been spotted testing near the Nurburgring racetrack in Germany, and we’ve seen it in action. The DBX’s appearance may divide opinion, but it performs everything you’d expect a luxury SUV to do, plus some Aston Martin magic. The words “Prototype Vehicle” are printed on the bodywork of a DBX SUV in our spy images, but there’s no way of knowing what powerplant is beneath because the exterior is identical to the standard DBX SUV. The Aston Martin DBX has all of the practicality and refinement you’d expect from a luxury SUV, plus a driver-centric approach that sets it apart from its competitors. The British sports car maker has done what it does best: applied its mechanical expertise to create the best-handling SUV on the market. However, we can determine that this is the PHEV model because of the test track’s fire safety requirements. 

The yellow label on the back window is required by fire regulations and indicates that the vehicle is equipped with an electrified powertrain. There is no charging port to indicate this, but it will undoubtedly emerge in the final product. We also looked for the number plate for this UK-registered test vehicle, but the DVLA had no information on the engine size or CO2 emissions.

 

Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door 63 S E-Performance V/S Aston Martin DBX plug-in hybrid

We expect Mercedes to supply the plug-in engine, which will be a 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 with an electric motor and battery pack. The Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door 63 S E-Performance, which was recently unveiled which uses the same system and is considered as the world’s first plug-in hybrid, which takes aim at Porsche’s mega-powerful Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. It’s Mercedes’ most powerful production automobile to date, and it can run entirely on electricity. Moreover, the turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine used in many AMG goods is at the heart of the new AMG GT model. The AMG GT 4-Door 63 S’s nine-speed automatic transmission and 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive system are also carried over.

The SUV will have an output of 831 bhp and 1,400 Nm of torque, as well as a four-wheel-drive if the powertrain makes it into the DBX in the same level of tune. The Aston Martin’s electric range may not be as spectacular as the Mercedes’, as the GT 4-Door can only drive 7.5 miles on a full charge, and the DBX may be considerably heavier.

According to Aston Martin executive chairman Lawrence Stroll, “new derivatives will be launched from 2021,” a range expansion built on the back of a strong order book for the brand’s upcoming Porsche Cayenne rival, and this PHEV vehicle might be one of them. He could, however, be talking to the future coupe-SUV model, where the two new models were scheduled to be added to the lineup: a mild hybrid by the end of 2021 and a high-performance version by the beginning of 2022.

There are also rumors about a long-wheelbase DBX for the Chinese market, as well as a moderate hybrid update for the present model to reduce emissions. Regardless of specifications, the new DBX models will be constructed in the brand’s St Athan, Wales plant.

 

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