If yesterday it was just a rumor, today it became official: Bentley SUV has just received the green light for production. According to the official press release, the new SUV will go on sale in 2016 and will be made in Crewe.
As a result, over 1000 jobs will be created in the UK and over the next three years, Bentley will invest more than £800 million in its headquarters at Crewe and the development of new models. Regarding the design, the new Bentley SUV will be inspired by the EXP-9F Concept and will be a thoroughbred Bentley true to the brand hallmarks of luxury, performance, quality and craftsmanship. Bentley says that its new SUV will be the most powerful and most luxurious SUV in the market.
In the concept form, the Bentley SUV was powered by a 6.0-liter W12 engine that delivered around 600 hp and 400 Nm of torque. Still, the new Bentley SUV is expected to receive a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine or a hybrid drivetrain.
Dr Winterkorn said: “The Volkswagen Group believes in the UK as a competitive location for industrial production. Bentley fans all around the world are looking forward to the brand’s first SUV. Together we will make this new Bentley another true Bentley – powerful, exclusive and successful.”
Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive, Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, added: “This is excellent news for Bentley and for the UK. Bentley is increasingly successful and this new fourth model line will leverage the success of the global SUV market. The support of everyone involved with the Company has been fundamental to this decision, which will ensure sustainable growth for the company.”