"Still, it's always a big day when you get to put the first actual miles on an early prototype and I'm delighted with the near flawless correlation between the simulator and this prototype", said Matt Becker, Aston Martin Chief Engineer. The high performance SUV will be locking horns with the Lamborghini Urus and upcoming Ferrari Purosangue SUV. The DBX isn't getting an easy first outing, therefore.
With the DBX being Aston Martin's first-ever SUV, the company has had to develop a whole new testing regime for the vehicle, different to what it employs when developing its grand tourers.
The DBX was first previewed by similarly-named concept more than three years ago, and while the show auto was rather striking and appealing, the design seen on this prototype might be a beacon for controversy - argue it out below if you have to.
The DBX will be built at Aston Martin Lagonda's St Athan facility, a brand new £250 million factory.
"Seeing a DBX development prototype in action is a momentous chapter in the story of our first SUV, for it is the moment it really comes alive", Aston Martin Lagonda president and CEO Andy Palmer said in a statement.
As befits Aston's sporty status, the DBX's grille is distinctively related to models such as the DB11 and Vantage, while the rear quarters could be favourably compared to Alfa Romeo's swift SUV the Stelvio.
The name DBX, which has been applied to the vehicle through most of its development, will remain when the auto reaches showrooms.
In fact, the SUV will be subject to a rigorous regime of real-world testing to ensure it is as robust as possible when it hits the market. However, it's likely an EV variant will follow after the initial launch.
The fully camouflaged prototype gives us a general idea of what to expect from Aston Martin's super SUV but the body panels are far from finished.