After years of anticipation, Aston Martin’s utility-vehicle moment is here with the launch of the DBX.
For the struggling British brand, the DBX will finally give the automaker an answer to competing brands that have reaped the sales benefit of adding an SUV. Production began in July.
The DBX also arrives with new brand leadership. Longtime CEO Andy Palmer stepped down in May. He was replaced by Mercedes-AMG CEO Tobias Moers. This followed Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll taking over as new executive chairman in April.
Beyond the DBX, Aston Martin has added a Vantage convertible and will soon have a stream of limited-run midengine supercars, starting with the Valkyrie.
Vantage: Aston Martin expanded the lineup of its entry model this year with the Vantage convertible. The Vantage convertible is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine with 503 hp and 505 pound-feet of torque. The first U.S. deliveries will start late this year and ramp up into the first part of 2021. For the 2021 model year, Aston Martin has adjusted the Vantage’s starting price. The coupe, with either an automatic or manual transmission, will now start at $142,086, down from the 2020 starting price of $149,086 for the manual and $156,086 for the automatic. The convertible will now start at $150,086, down from the original price of $164,086 when the model was revealed this year. All prices include shipping.
DB11: The DB11 lineup carries on unchanged.
DBS Superleggera: After adding a convertible variant to the lineup for the 2020 model year, the DBS Superleggera likely has a long road ahead of it.
Valkyrie: The hypercar developed with Red Bull Racing is finally closer to becoming reality, with deliveries set to begin in 2021, likely around the second quarter.
The Valkyrie is powered by a 6.5-liter V-12 engine with a hybrid system that produces a combined power output of 1,160 hp, with 664 pound-feet of torque. Just 150 units are planned.
Valhalla: When the Valhalla midengine hybrid sports car arrives, likely in 2023, it will have the distinct honor of being the first Aston Martin to have the automaker’s first in-house-designed powerplant since 1968. The 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 engine was engineered and built in a “hot V” layout. The Valhalla, limited to 500 units, features a carbon-fiber chassis and body.
Vanquish: The Vanquish, first shown as the Vanquish Vision Concept at the 2019 Geneva show, will follow fellow midengine models Valkyrie and Valhalla in Aston Martin’s rollout. The Vanquish comes after the Valhalla, but exact timing remains unclear.
V12 Speedster: Arriving in the first quarter of 2021 is the V12 Speedster, an open-top two-seater with aircraft-inspired looks and dubbed a “living show car” by the automaker. It will build just 88 units.
DBX: U.S. deliveries of the DBX will ramp up in the fourth quarter. As with the Vantage, U.S. pricing of the DBX has been adjusted. It will now start at $179,986, down from the previously announced $192,986. Both prices include shipping.
In May, Stroll hinted that additional DBX variants are coming. “Based on these successful initial orders for DBX, we plan to unveil future derivatives starting from 2021,” he said at the time.
Lagonda models: Last year, Aston Martin revealed plans to launch the Lagonda full-electric brand with an SUV in 2022, followed by a sedan in 2023. Those plans have since been stalled by at least three years, the automaker said in January, in a cost-saving move.
Rapide E: As with the Lagonda models, the status of Aston Martin’s Rapide E, also an EV, is up in the air.