I have this recurring fantasy wherein I take a sports car and give it the old Baja treatment by raising it up with a little suspension and throwing big tires on it. Maybe a Porsche. Maybe an Mazda MX-6. Never in my wildest fantasy did I think to apply this to an Aston Martin, but that's exactly what those crazy Brits have done.

There are many things to consider with the Aston Martin DBX, which Aston Martin's CEO says is a "challenge to the existing status quo in the high luxury GT segment. It envisages a world, perhaps a world not too far away, when luxury GT travel is not only stylish and luxurious but also more practical, more family-friendly and more environmentally responsible."

I normally don't enjoy quoting press releases, but there are a few things here to unwind and it helps us to know exactly Aston Martin was thinking. The "environmentally responsible" part is the easy part: It's "all electric," which for this concept might be true since I doubt there's a fully formed drivetrain underneath, although we've been told it has "KERS." Sure. Sure it has KERS.


The "more practical, more family-friendly" part is a little more challenging, but I think It's saying a GT can be crossover/SUV with, in theory, usable space in the backseat. That's why it sits up a little higher and has a slightly taller belltline.I guess the all-wheel-drive fits in there somewhere and it certainly wouldn't be the only AWD GT at this point.

It's just in the design study part of its lifestyle so perhaps I'm reading too much into it, but it is not what I expected. Any thoughts?