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For sports car fans, it might sound ridiculous to see a high-performance model taking on the road as an SUV. Well, it turns out that your next-generation sports car may just be a sports utility vehicle (SUV). Aston Martin, one of the world's renowned automakers for luxury sports cars, has made that a reality by rolling out the new 2022 Aston Martin DBX.
To the lovers of the British automaker's movie-worthy models, the Aston Martin DBX is not a newcomer in the automotive market. It has been there, only that it has undergone upgrades to make it a more luxurious, performance SUV.
The Aston Martin DBX makes its market debut
There was a lot of fuss about performance car manufacturers building SUVs that matched their typical luxury cars, but that time passed. Aston Martin unveiled the DBX SUV in the last quarter of 2019 and was scheduled to roll out to dealerships in the summer of 2020.
At first, the British automaker only released a single version of its mid-sized SUV. Despite all the speculation about its market reception, in-market shoppers loved the car. It had strong initial demand that compelled luxury automaker to prepare its new SUV-focused production plant in St. Athan, Wales, for the mass production of additional derivative models for 2021.
Over 2000 shoppers placed orders for the newly manufactured Aston Martin DBX SUV. The most promising aspect is that more than half of those orders came from consumers who were new to the brand.
What upgrades make the 2022 Aston Martin DBX a performance SUV?
Thanks to the positive market reception for the 2021 DBX crossover SUV, Aston Martin has made new modifications to the model to make it sportier without compromising its unmistakable style and performance.
The 2022 model packs new equipment, including all-new wireless charging, a Sports Plus seat option, and an extended wheelbase, complete with colossal 23-inch wheels. Despite its elevated driving stance, Aston Martin gives the 2022 DBX a low roofline and lightweight body to strengthen the car's performance and athletic handling.
MotorTrend indicated that the DBX comes with only one powertrain option. Under its hood is a 4.0L twin-turbo V8 engine that delivers an impressive 542 HP and 516 lb.-ft. of torque. That power is transferred to all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission system enabling it to reach 60 mph in 4.0 seconds.
Aston Martin never compromises on technology. The new 2022 DBX is already a tech-ready SUV, steeped in futuristic features, including a 10.2-inch infotainment display. It also has a 12.3-inch central digital cluster with integrated Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A new Aston Martin DBXmight cost you $35,000 more than the 2021 model, which had a price tag of $179,986.
A trend in the automotive industry
Aston Martin has boldly and successfully created a sporty, high-performance SUV in the 2022 DBX, but the company is only one among the many performance brands with luxury SUVs. It started with Porsche in 2002 when the German automaker unveiled the Cayenne, which was inspired by the venerated 911.
In early 2018, Lamborghini released the Urus. It boasts 650 BPH and a maximum speed of 190 mph, superseding the Aston Martin DBX's 181 mph. Like the latter, the Lamborghini Urus took the market by storm, and would soon be the Italian car manufacturer's top-selling model.
Other performance manufacturers are also rolling out performance-centric SUVs. Aside from Aston Martin, In-market shoppers now have several options to choose from: the 2021 Bentley Bentayga, Rolls-Royce Cullinan, and the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio.
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