The Aston Martin DBX family could expand to up to six models by 2024.
Aston Martin was caught testing a new V12-powered Vantage this week, but the DBX is still the automaker's most important new model. In the first half of 2021, Aston Martin's sales increased by 224 percent - and it's all thanks to the DBX. It only went on sale for the 2021 model year, but the DBX already accounts for more than half of the company's sales. As a result, the DBX has been instrumental in rescuing Aston Martin from financial ruin.
The DBX is Aston Martin's first SUV, but the model's monumental success means it certainly won't be the last. Speaking with Motor Trend, Aston Martin CEO and chief technology officer Tobias Moers confirmed the DBX range will expand with new hybrids, high-performance variants, and new body styles.
By 2024, there could be five or six different DBX variants in Aston Martin's SUV family. Debuting later this year will be a new mild-hybrid version of the DBX, which is expected to use a modified version of the supercharged 3.0-liter straight-six and electric motor that powers the GLE53 Coupe. A more powerful version will then launch in 2022 to take on the Lamborghini Urus.
"There is room for improvement in regards to performance because other competitors have a higher level of engine performance," said Moers. While there will be an AMR Pro version of the Valkyrie, Aston Martin doesn't see AMR as a sub-brand, so you won't see an AMR badge on the DBX. The hardcore DBX is expected to use the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 as the Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S generating at least 603 hp.
Following the high-performance variant will be the first DBX plug-in hybrid in 2023, which will utilize a modified version of AMG's V8 plug-in hybrid technology. We already know this setup is capable of producing up to 804 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque in the upcoming Mercedes-AMG GT73e, so it could be an 800-hp super-SUV.
Looking further ahead, Moers wants to experiment with different body styles for the DBX range. "The DBX gives us a lot of leverage as a platform," he said. "You can think about being more luxurious, spacious, and you can think about being more sporty, even more-performance oriented body style." This supports rumors that the DBX range will expand with new luxurious seven-seat and coupe variants.
Despite this SUV assault, Moers still thinks SUVs will account for around half of Aston Martin sales as the automaker is gearing up to launch new mid-engine sports cars such as the Valhalla and the Vanquish.