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Aston Martin has completed the first pre-production models of its new DBX SUV at its plant in St Athan, Wales.

The latest images from Aston Martin reveal the pre-production models of the DBX, which is dues for its official release later this year. The images accompanied news of the production process at the assembly line in St Athan, Wales, as the first versions rolled off the line.

The Aston Martin DBX will enter the premium performance SUV ring that sees the likes of the Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus slugging it out for top honours.

For the British manufacturer, the DBX is a potential money-spinner, but it’s also the first vehicle to be built at their new, 60,000 square-metre facility in St Athan, Wales. It's cost Aston £250 million but has created 200 jobs with 550 others expected over the next few years.

Aston Martin's official images reveal a decidedly more polished DBX prototype, wrapped in black and red vinyl, Wales-themed livery. Panel gaps are significantly improved, as are the flush rear lamps. There are new headlights accompanying an updated front grille, while the bumpers appear production-ready too.

Popping the bonnet will reveal the AMG-sourced twin-turbocharged V8 that does duty in the Vantage and DB11 V8, but a hybrid DBX is on the cards for the not too distant future.

The full-size Aston Martin SUV is created with a lightweight, bonded aluminium body structure, while the suspension system and platform are unique from every other vehicle in their arsenal.

Prices are yet to be confirmed but expect the DBX to be in the ballpark of its Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus competitors when its launched in late 2019.

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