The upcoming Aston Martin DBX SUV manages to pull off the unusual trick of being both hotly anticipated and highly controversial. Much like the other SUVs launched in the last couple of years by Bentley, Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce, Maserati and so on.

The fact of the matter, though, is that sales of SUVs continue to explode, so every luxury and sports car maker that produces relatively few cars needs an SUV to boost its sales and provide the profits that will pay for development of its more traditional models.

Aston is no exception to this rule and fortunately the DBX looks pretty promising. It is based on the same architecture as the DB11 and is powered by the AMG-sourced 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 found in the Vantage – not to mention about 39,000 Mercedes models.

Other details are virtually none existent at this stage. DBX prototypes have been extensively tested at the Nurburgring and on the rally stages of South Wales, which gives an indication of what its handling capabilities should be like.

Though the DBX pictured here wears camouflage, it’s hiding only minor details. We’ll leave you to make up your own mind about the styling, but we think it looks pretty good.

The DBX has entered the ‘pre-production’ stage of development, with complete cars rolling down the brand-new production line in St. Athan, Wales. Those cars are also being used to iron out any issues that need sorting in time for full-scale production to start next April.

The St. Athan facility is a former Ministry of Defence site with three massive ‘super hangars’. Aston has spent the last three years turning them into a state-of-the-art factory for the DBX and the electric Lagonda SUV due in a few years time.

According to Aston 200 jobs have already been created, with another 550 positions to fill in time for DBX production to begin. At full strength, around 1,000 people will be employed on site, with an estimated 3,000 more in the supply chain.

The finished DBX is expected to be unveiled later this year and go on sale in 2020. Expect prices in the same ballpark as the Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus.

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