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Aston Martin Confirms DBX Will Go Into Production

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/30/2015 Alex Nishimoto

Aston Martin has been talking about the possibility of a production model based on the DBX concept since the coupe-like crossover debuted at the Geneva motor show earlier this year. That said, it should come as no surprise that the automaker has just confirmed that the DBX will indeed go into production.

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Aston announced today that its two big financial backers, Investindustrial and Tejara Capital, have invested an additional 200 million pounds (roughly $307 million) in the development of "new luxury models," one of which is the production DBX crossover.

"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," said Aston Martin Lagonda CEO Dr. Andy Palmer in a release. "The DBX concept has generated interest far beyond our expectations. The additional investment announced today will allow us to realize the DBX and other new luxury vehicles that will form the strongest and most diverse portfolio in our history." MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

As we previously reported, that portfolio could also include an all-electric Rapide sedan to compete with the Tesla Model S. In addition, the British marque will also replace the DB9 with a new grand tourer named either DB10 or DB11, which we've caught in prototype form several times now. That car will debut the brand's updated VH architecture and will likely get Mercedes-AMG-sourced engines. A replacement for the Vantage sports car would be next in line.

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The DBX concept boasted an electric drivetrain featuring a lithium-sulfur battery pack and inboard electric motors at each wheel. It's unclear at this point if a production version will follow in the concept's all-electric footsteps, but doing so would give Aston some leeway in its corporate average fuel economy targets, which could make room for higher-performance models at the top of the range. At any rate, the vehicle should be less of an embarrassment than the Toyota iQ-based Aston Martin Cygnet, which served the same corporate fuel economy-boosting purpose. We've heard Aston is looking at several locations for DBX production, and that a plant in the U.S. is being strongly considered.

Source: Aston Martin

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