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Aston Martin's hybrid SUV to get 700 hp?

by Ronan Glon

The V8-electric model will take on the Bentayga and the Urus.

Aston Martin recently revealed the DBX, its very first SUV, will land as a hybrid instead of arriving as a pure electric vehicle like the 2015 concept (pictured) suggested. The British company shed more insight into what will lurk under the sheet metal.

"We have the capability to do [an EV], but the plan right now is gasoline and hybridization. What we originally showed was a DBX concept, and the new platform has indeed been delivered with the capability to have either gasoline or pure electric, but that [EV] technology gets used first on the Lagonda," company boss Andy Palmer confirmed to Car & Driver.

The magazine adds the DBX will most likely use the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine found in many of Aston's other models, like the DB11 and the Vantage. The eight-cylinder comes from Mercedes-AMG. It will make about 500 horsepower in the DBX.

There's a chance the base DBX will offer just that: 500 horsepower from a twin-turbocharged V8. However, Aston's hybrid plans call for a plug-in system that adds about 200 horsepower, bumping the system's total output to approximately 700 horsepower. If accurate, that figure will propel the model to the top of the high-performance SUV hierarchy.

We expect to see the Aston Martin DBX -- a name that might not be retained for production -- break cover next year. When it lands, it will compete in the same segment as the Lamborghini Urus, the Bentley Bentayga, and, to a lesser extent, the recently-introduced Rolls-Royce Cullinan.

Photography by Ronan Glon.