Aston Martin to put DBX crossover into production

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Aston Martin DBX

Aston Martin has confirmed that it will put its striking DBX crossover concept into production.

Unveiled last month at the Geneva motor show, the DBX represents a shock-new direction for the Gaydon brand, which is looking to attract more female and younger buyers.

The move comes as Aston Martin announced yesterday that is has secured a further £200 million investment, which would be used to diversify its model lines.

Aston Martin Lagonda CEO Dr Andy Palmer said: "This additional long-term funding, will enable us to add extra model lines and broaden our presence in the luxury market segment by the end of the decade.

"The DBX Concept has generated interest far beyond our expectations. The additional investment announced today will allow us to realise the DBX and other new luxury vehicles that will form the strongest and most diverse portfolio in our history".

Described by the brand as majoring "on day-to-day practicality", the DBX concept offers room for four and a large boot, for true luxury GT credentials.

Its design represents a major evolution of Aston Martin's current styling language, though it keeps key details such as brand's signature grille and swept-back headlights.

While the concept is powered by electric motors mounted within its wheels, a production version is predicted to feature a V12 petrol motor – most likely a turbocharged unit supplied under Aston's collaboration with Mercedes' AMG performance division.

Currently there is no word on when the DBX will reach showrooms, though expect it to arrive as part of a wave of crossover models from high-end manufacturers, with the likes of Bentley and Rolls-Royce already developing their own high-riding models.