Aston Martin’s DBX SUV is on track for a debut in December and as part of the development a prototype has taken to Germany’s Nürburgring for some high-speed testing.

Judging from our spy shots and video, the DBX will be a small to mid-size SUV with proportions similar to those of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio . The tester is heavily camouflaged but you can already see a number of Aston Martin’s current sports car styling cues. You can expect the DBX to resemble a stretched Vantage on stilts.

Some readers will recall that Aston Martin also used the DBX name for a 2015 concept previewing the SUV’s design . There were rumors the automaker would go with a different name for production, with Varekai being one of the suggestions. Instead, Aston Martin has chosen to stick with DBX, which links the SUV with the automaker’s DB line of sports cars. The DBX utilizes a new platform developed specifically for a high-riding vehicle capable of off-road conditions, but the construction is the same extruded and bonded aluminum process Aston Martin uses for its sports cars. Unique to the DBX program is a focus on suspension technology to address the SUV’s increased mass, size and purpose.

While Aston Martin first imagined the SUV as an electric car, that has changed due to the automaker’s revival of Lagonda as an EV brand . The DBX is now expected to debut with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 sourced from Mercedes-AMG. A hybrid powertrain utilizing a new V-6 […]

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