Next Aston Martin DBX mild-hybrid destined only for China

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Aston Martin has tested its mild-hybrid version DBX crossover for several months and the automaker last week confirmed that the vehicle was developed exclusively for sale in China.

It will make its official debut at Auto Guangzhou 2021 which begins on November 19th.

The DBX mild hybrid will have a configuration similar to that used by Mercedes-Benz AMG for its current 53 series. engine during high loads and recover energy when braking. There’s also an electric supercharger to aid the turbo by building up low-end boost. The maximum power is 429 hp and 384 Nm of torque.

Downsizing to a 3.0-liter engine will allow Aston Martin to avoid the punitive taxes China imposes on cars with big engines. It would also mark a return to Aston Martin’s 6-cylinder engines, with the last car to fit one, most notably an in-line 6, being the DB7 from the 1990s.

2021 Aston Martin DBX

2021 Aston Martin DBX

2021 Aston Martin DBX

2021 Aston Martin DBX

2021 Aston Martin DBX

Production of the DBX only began in 2020, but the midsize crossover already accounts for half of Aston Martin’s sales. Understandably, the automaker is reading new variants to capitalize on demand.

For the rest of the world, loc high performance DBX S model is scheduled for 2022. Expect an updated version of the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 found in the current DBX. The V-8 delivers 542hp in the current DBX but is expected to have over 600hp in the S version.

Quoting comments made by CEO Tobias Moers, Motor tendency reported in August that up to six variants are possible, including new body styles (think coupe-like and stretched options).

We know another version will be a plug-in hybrid. It should arrive around 2024, which is when the DBX will receive a mid-cycle update.

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