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Aston Martin to debut DBX utility vehicle next year

by Drew Johnson

Production will commence in early 2020.

Aston Martin has already confirmed plans to jump on the SUV bandwagon with a utility vehicle of its own, but the British automaker has been relatively quiet about when it planned to unveil the Lamborghini Urus alternative. That is, until now.In an announcement about the progress being made at its new St. Athan production facility, Aston Martin confirmed that it's first SUV model, known as the DBX, will debut during the fourth quarter of 2019. Aston's new plant will be responsible for production of the DBX.In order to prepare for DBX production, Aston Martin will ramp up hiring at the St. Athan plant during the first half of 2019. Aston Martin hopes to have a staff of 700 by the time the DBX enters production during the first quarter of 2020.In addition to the DBX, Aston's new production plant will also be responsible for building the company's high-performance electric models."As the St Athan facility nears completion, there is a very real sense this is the start of a bold new era for Aston Martin Lagonda," said Dr. Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group Chief Executive Officer. "A second production facility is a critical step in delivering our Second Century Plan. The St Athan facility will initially commence with the production of our first SUV but will ultimately be a global centre of excellence for the production of luxury high performance EVs, including Lagonda: the world's first luxury electric automotive brand."