The new Aston Martin DBX is set to launch at the end of next year to rival the likes of the Lamborghini Urus and Bentley Bentayga. The British carmaker will assemble its first ever SUV at the new St. Athan plant in South Wales.
Previously, the site was a Royal Air Force base that belonged to the Ministry of Defense. Aston Martin bought and converted it into its second plant in the UK after the Gaydon facility. The British automaker also revealed a bigger plan in the future to make this new factory a home for its electrified vehicles.
The St. Athan currently has around 100 workers in it. The facility is expected to absorb hundreds more workers when it is completed in 2019, and to reach 700 employees or more by the first quarter of 2020 when Aston Martin’s first SUV begins to be produced.
The DBX will be put together at the St. Athan plant alongside the British marque’s battery-electric vehicles and other newcomers built under the zero-emission Lagonda brand.
Aston Martin’s CEO Andy Palmer explains that the St. Athan factory will initially start with the production of the DBX crossover, but then it will also become the assembly home for the company’s high-powered luxury electric cars including the Lagonda models.