The official countdown to the arrival of the new Bentley SUV started today as the British carmaker releases the first video teasing the new vehicle. Bentley promises that its new SUV will set new standard in bespoke craftsmanship and performance. In addition, the new Bentley will be world’s most powerful and luxurious SUV.
According to the official press release, the Bentley SUV will go into production in 2016, while the plug-in hybrid version will arrive in 2017. For those who don’t know, the new Bentley SUV will be inspired by the EXP 9 F Concept that was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in 2012.
”A new film just released by Bentley – offering a rare glimpse of the company’s design approach – shows how the exterior of this remarkable new car is taking shape. Sculpted, contemporary and distinctive design is being combined with the exquisite and meticulous detailing for which Bentley is renowned.” said the press release.
The plug-in hybrid version could use a smaller V6 engine as well as an electric motor. Bentley previously said that the plug-in hybrid SUV could offer a 30 km range in full electric mode, while CO2 emissions will be 130 g/km. Regarding its performances, the plug-in hybrid version of the Bentley SUV will be capable to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 5 seconds.
In the concept form, the Bentley SUV used a 6.0-liter W12 engine that delivered around 600 hp and 400 Nm of torque. Still, Bentley will also offer the smaller 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that will deliver over 500 hp. Bentley’s new SUV is expected to have a starting retail price of 200,000 euros or $272,000.