first_imgWhat is it?This is the DBX, Aston Martin’s first SUV, one of the most-teased vehicles of all time (Gaydon has been rolling out “spy” photos of the DBX on an almost monthly basis for the past year) and, in the words the company itself, “the sport utility with the soul of a sports car.”Why does it matter?Well, for one thing, Aston Martin is 106 years old and this is the first time it’s built anything that even resembles an off-roader. For another, while other marques have built SUVs that are supposed to remind you of their sports cars – I’m looking at you, Ford, and your new Mustang Mach-E – there is, for better or for worse, a lot of Aston Martin sports car DNA in the DBX.Most importantly, Aston Martin sales have been hurting as of late and, as much as many will scream “Sacrilege!”, if a sport brute can put Gaydon back on a firm financial footing, then so much the better. RELATED The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever CEO explains the three reasons McLaren won’t make an SUVThat’s why it’s important to Aston Martin. Why it might be important to you is that under the hood is a 542-horsepower version of the twin-turbo V8 sourced from Mercedes-Benz. An active exhaust system, in AM’s own words, lets the DBX sound “refined one moment and exhilarating the next.” The sprint to 100 kilometres an hour takes but 4.5 seconds. Top speed is an impressive 291 km/h.Check Out All Our Auto Show CoverageEven more impressive – at least when it comes to that “soul of a sports car” thing – is the adaptive triple-chamber air springs, which allow a completely variable suspensions system. Even more technically impressive is the eARC adaptive roll bar system that, according to Aston, can generate as much as much as 1,033 foot-pounds of anti-roll force per axle. By combining the variable air spring, adjustable dampers and electronically controlled roll bars, Aston says the DBX can transport five in comfort and still handle like its soul is a sports car. 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You do? Okay, then here are the questions you need to ask yourself beyond “is it fast?” (yes, it is) and “will it handle well?” (yes, it should). First off, do you need to transport lots of passengers in the rear seats? Oh, don’t worry, the front seats look marvelous — the driver’s seat, for instance, will accommodate anyone from the 99th percentile male to a 5th percentile female. But the rear seats look a little – as is something of an Aston tradition – cramped in the legroom. Not as bad as the Rapide (the company’s four-door “sedan”) but tight(ish) nonetheless. Trunk space is, at 22.3 cubic feet, at least adequate.On the positive side, the interior is delectable, the leather and wood trim everything one expects from an English luxury marque. And there are truly bespoke touches such as the Pet Package – yes, optional pet accessories in a luxury automobile – that includes a portable washer to hose off muddy dogs, a bumper protector to ward off errant claws and even a pet partition just in case the portable washer misses a few bits. RELATED TAGSAston MartinDBXSUVLuxuryLos AngelesLuxury CarsL.A. Auto ShowLuxury VehiclesNew VehiclesInstagram Trending Videos COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS See More Videos There are 10 other packages available ranging from a traditional Snow Package (ski bag and roof-mounted ski rack) all the way to – and I am assuming this will be hugely popular in the United States – a gun cabinet and shooting stick package that marries a lockable solid aluminum case for firearms with a stick made of leather and wood to help you, I assume, chase after pheasant. How very English. 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