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The Aston Martin DBX has been spotted out in the wild with production parts.

This December, Aston Martin will lift the wraps off its first-ever SUV. It's called the DBX, and it will essentially be Aston Martin's answer to the Porsche Cayenne, Rolls-Royce Cullinan, Lamborghini Urus, and Bentley Bentayga. While Aston Martin has shown prototypes being put through their paces, our latest sighting of the SUV features production body panels and headlights. And it appears to be one of the better-looking performance SUVs on the market.

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The production DBX will take its sleek styling cues from the original DBX concept that debuted back in 2015. A recent teaser confirmed the DBX will retain Aston Martin's iconic grille seen on other DB models like the DB11 and DBS Superleggera, which is flanked by LED daytime running lights integrated into the front bumper. At the back, the taillight design appears to be inspired by the Vantage, and there's also a dual exhaust system and a roof-mounted spoiler. We weren't sent any photos of the interior, but previous spy shots have shown it will .

Under the hood, expect the DBX to pack an Mercedes-AMG-sourced, 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, which produces 503 horsepower and 505 lb-ft of torque in the Vantage. A 5.2 liter V12 option may also be available when the DBX arrives in December. Aston Martin is even considering adding a drift mode to the DBX for when you're in the mood for some sideways driving.

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The idea of Aston Martin joining the SUV bandwagon may seem sacrilegious for a brand associated with making supercars, but CEO Andy Palmer recently claimed it will be the most important new model in the company's history.

"We put our heart and soul into making that car the most beautiful SUV in the world and, more importantly, making sure it's an Aston", Palmer said during an interview with The Detroit Bureau. "It will probably become the most important car in our history, because it will become the car that transforms us as we try to address all parts of the high-luxury market. It will target the US and China, two critical markets and it will change the dynamics of the company."

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