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Recognise the hint of 007’s famous line? Aston Martin, his favourite car-makers, are working on the all-electric DBX Concept crossover, which could be the new licence to thrill.

Story: Gaurav Nagpal

Every 007 flick at some point takes you into the thrilling cavern that is Q’s workshop. Gadgets and toys abound, but the most awaited goody here is Bond’s set of wheels, which typically is the latest from the equally British Aston Martin. The marque has made its mark in luxury sports cars, but now it is trying its hand at something very different, yet similar — the all-electric DBX Concept crossover.

The DBX Concept was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2015. Being one of the few auto-makers who are not part of a larger conglomerate, the company decided it could not limit itself to just GT cars if it wanted volumes; hence the two-door four-seater DBX sports-car-on-big-wheels (and at 22”, they indeed are big). Size-wise, it fits right between the Rapide and the DB9. The exterior uses machined billet aluminium with visible milling lines, and the paint finish, Black Pearl Chromium, is said to have been created uniquely and specially to mimic the look of a black pearl by including a micro-fine chrome layer for high reflectivity.

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Form in the exterior is duly married to function in the interior. Four passengers are comfortably ensconced in nubuck leather and protected from unwanted sunlight and high beams by the auto-dimming glass. There are also heads-up displays for the driver and passenger, as well as rear-view cameras instead of conventional mirrors. Practicality gets due attention, too, as both the forward load bay and rear boot can accommodate luggage.

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The DBX Concept is powered by individual electric motors housed within each wheel, with the motors powered by a lithium-sulphur battery pack. Other engineering highlights include drive-by-wire steering, carbon-ceramic brakes incorporating a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS).

Performance figures have not been discussed; though, as with most cars wearing the Aston Martin logo, it will be really fast – and, in this case, silent. Eco-warriors shall not be crying themselves hoarse over this stunner, as there is zero emission. The company claims a target range of over 500 km (aided by the KERS).

Aston Martin say the DBX Concept is “clearly signalling an extension to the brand’s existing model lines”. Something so daring typically makes it to production in the same form; even so, if it is merely a demonstration of design and technological capabilities or if it becomes a four-door instead of a two-door, it is extremely exciting. And, considering 007 could do with a quiet, speedy vehicle that can handle rough terrain, this possibly is his best bet. Bring it on, we say.

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About the author: Jim Gorde

 

Automotive Correspondent at Bike India and Car India.
Believes that learning never stops. Loves V8 engines as much as a good breakfast.
t: @BikeIndia / @CarIndia

 

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