Aston Martin DBX is an Electric Departure in Many Ways (GENEVA)

Written By: EightySix

Aston Martin DBX All-Electric SUV Concept (2015 Geneva Motor Show)

This week at the Geneva Auto Show, Aston Martin cut against the grain in multiple ways. First of all, it broke from its comfort zone of luxury grand touring coupes and sedans by unveiling a concept SUV.

The DBX stands taller than its brethren but curves in familiar ways. The shape is reminiscent of a DB9, yet a bit more angular. Aston Martin uses more exposed metal and bright highlights than usual. The grille is broader and the roof is rounder, but it looks much like an Aston Martin with more ground clearance.

The big flash is the DBX's electric power-train. Aston Martin has not released performance figures, but did say the DBX is all wheel drive with individual wheel motors. There are no axles or transfer cases. There's no engine compartment, so it has loads of luggage space front and rear. Steering is drive-by-wire, so there is also no linkage. Overall, it should be a very clean underbody.

The capacity and location of the battery pack is also a secret, but it is made from lithium-sulfur which has a higher energy density than lithium-ion. This should enable the DBX to carry plenty of charge and go a couple hundred miles. Being an Aston Martin, of course it will deliver impressive performance.

The interior is the biggest shocker. Open the door of the graceful metal jewel and you're greeted with a collision of Nubuck leather and bare aluminum. It looks like a saddle maker decorated a space ship.

The seats, floor mats and even the pedals are draped in brown cow skin with white stitching. The doors, dash and floor are done in gray suede with more brown touches. Pods with dials and switches project on either side of the steering wheel.

For a modern car, there's very little digital screenage. Heads-up displays deliver information to both driver and passenger. The glass has a smart auto-dimming inner layer. Concept cars are supposed to catch attention and get people talking. The DBX succeeds.

CEO Andy Palmer says the concept's purpose is to "defy conventional thinking about the luxury GT segment." He insists that it is certainly not a production-ready car, but rather a bold new idea.

More minds working on EVs, even if they're expensive dreams that may never come to be, is good for the revolution. Fossil fuel will eventually yield to cleaner propulsion if great minds and great companies are willing to try. Every conversation started about a wild electric vehicle means more people believe it can happen.

Plus, this is how electric vehicle engineers are developed. If Aston Martin never mass-produces an electric car, the team responsible for the DBX will become waste of valuable talent. Companies that do build and sell EVs for real people will recruit them and put their ideas on the road.

When a company makes its first attempt at an electric car, it becomes another competitor in the race to bring clean transportation to the world. Competition drives invention.

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