2019 Aston Martin DBX Will Not Use Mercedes’ GLE Platform

Mar 31, 2017 12:20 PM EDT | Yen Palec

Crossover cars are slowly becoming to be a trend in the industry, thanks to its sleek design combined with impressive mileage and cabin size. Not to be left behind, Aston Martin is also throwing its hat into the fray with its very first crossover model simply called the DBX.

The Aston Martin DBX crossover is expected to hit showrooms in 2019. The DBX made its debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, but Aston Martin has recently hinted that the actual production form of the DBX crossover will not be based on that concept car.

Aston Martin has provided tidbits of information about what to expect with the DBX. The company confirmed that it will be bigger than the Porsche Cayenne. So far, this is the only spec that Aston Martin has confirmed.

Lack of details and news about something always leads to rumors and speculations. Word around the motoring community is that the Aston Martin DBX will use the Mercedes-Benz GLE platform, a rumor that Aston Martin chief executive officer Dr. Andy Palmer quickly dismissed.

This GLE rumor was fanned by the fact that Mercedes-Benz and Aston Martin have an ongoing technology-sharing agreement. An agreement that allowed Aston Martin to use Mercedes' 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, as well as a suite of vehicle electronics technology.

Aston Martin using the GLE platform also makes sense, as the company will save a lot of resources by building the DBX atop a tested and proven platform. Despite these discussions, Dr. Palmer has reiterated that the Aston Martin DBX will not use the GLE platform from Mercedes.

In a statement acquired by Wheels Magazine, Dr. Palmer said, "We made the conscious decision that we would use bonded aluminum and that's a decision that we've also made for our SUVs and for our Lagonda range, making us basically unique."

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