Aston Martin has revealed that a new model, an improved DBX, will be released next month. The third edition of Gaydon’s high-riding vehicle, dubbed “the world’s most powerful luxury SUV,” will hit the internet on February 1.
It will follow the first, V8 variant, which is being sold worldwide, as well as the recently released inline-six mild-hybrid powertrain, which are destined exclusively for the Chinese market. Unlike the current versions of the upscale SUV, which use AMG engines, various sources say that the forthcoming DBX would use Aston Martin’s own twin-turbo V12.
Last year, prototypes were spotted out testing in traffic, sounding eerily similar to the DB11 and DBS outfitted with the 12-cylinder powerplant. The model in question in the teaser published this week is expected to get the “S” suffix, although nothing is confirmed at this time. Of course, there’s also another possibility looming in the background, that’s not using a V12 engine: the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S four-door Coupe, that has 630 HP to rely on, thanks to a beefy V8.
It’s rather obvious from the teaser that this new version is aiming to become the most powerful model in the premium SUV segment. Does this imply that it will outperform both the 631-hp Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT and the 641-hp Lamborghini Urus? Time will tell, but we don’t anticipate the DBX S to dethrone the 710-horsepower Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat. It’s also unlikely to outperform the 707-horsepower Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, given the two American SUVs aren’t luxury models.
The DBX S is expected to be a mid-cycle update for the Wales-built SUV, with a significant power boost above the V8’s 542 hp. That would be necessary if Aston Martin wanted to compete with the Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT and its 631 horsepower. The 626-hp Bentley Bentayga Speed, 617-hp BMW X5 M Competition / X6 M Competition, 612-hp Alpina XB7, 603-hp Mercedes-AMG GLE / GLS 63 S, and 600-hp Rolls-Royce Cullinan are all in the same league.
The 591-hp Audi RS Q8, 590-hp Maserati Levante Trofeo, 577-hp Mercedes-AMG G63, and 575-hp Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR are some of the other powerful high-end SUVs with more grunt under the hood right now than the DBX.