As you may know already, Bentley is working hard on its first SUV, based on the EXP 9 F SUV Concept unveiled back in 2012 at the Geneva Motor Show. In a recent interview at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed with Autocar, Bentley boss Wolfgang Durheimer confirmed that the new SUV will carry a price tag of more than $220,000 or 160,000 euros.
According to Durheimer, all the current luxury SUVs such as the BMW X5, AMG-powered Mercedes-Benz SUVs, the Range Rovers or the Porsche Cayenne end at around $220,000 (160,000 euros). Bentley wants to solve this “problem” and will offer a more expensive SUV but will not make it more expensive than the Mulsanne, which will remain company’s halo model.
The new SUV from Bentley will offer a top speed of 200 mph or 320 km/h and will offer the latest technologies available from parent company Volkswagen AG, such as the digital dashboard display found on the third-generation Audi TT.
In the concept form, the Bentley SUV was powered by a 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12 petrol engine that generated 600 hp and 800 Nm of torque, bolted to an 8-speed close-ration transmission. The smaller 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine will be offered too, delivering over 500 hp.
For those looking for a fuel-efficient version, Bentley will offer a plug-in hybrid version that could use a smaller V6 engine as well as an electric motor. This version could offer an electric range of up to 30 km (18 miles), while CO2 emissions will be 130 g/km.
Still, the plug-in hybrid version will be capable to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 5 seconds. [source: Autocar]