Khodrocar - Before getting the job as chief executive, Andy Palmer reportedly owners of the privately-held company that "if Aston Martin wants to survive, it must do an SUV," according to quotes published by Autocar.
Once hired in October 2014, Palmer went into action immediately and ordered designers to have a DBX concept ready by the following March for Geneva. The two-door concept was presented with in-wheel electric motors at each corner and a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS).
Palmer promises the production edition will maintain the concept's design language, despite gaining two additional doors and a much higher roofline.
Aston has also switched to traditional powertrains at launch, equipping the flagship model with an in-house 5.2-liter V12 engine and lesser packages with an AMG-sourced twin-turbo V8. Like other high-performance luxury crossovers, it will be available with all-wheel drive.
The company is still planning to develop a hybrid powertrain for the DBX and eventually offer an all-electric edition, with no intention to offer a plug-in hybrid to bridge the gap.