Bentley is rushing to introduce an SUV with “legitimate off-road capability” in time for the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, according to a report from Auto Week. The magazine, a sister publication to Automotive News Europe, said that the SUV will get a W12 powerplant. Ultra-luxury marquee Bentley has yet to confirm that this model will debut in Geneva.
However, the brand said that it is thinking about introducing an SUV to help lessen its dependence on the Continental range, which accounts for almost 90% of Bentley sales.
This SUV would help Volkswagen-owned Bentley expand into new markets such as China and Russia and for its annual sales to more than double to 15,000 units by 2017. When interviewed by Automotive News Europe, Bentley CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer said that the brand will decide later this year if it will present the SUV. If it gets the go signal, the model will be launched within three years at the latest.
Several unique concepts are applied on this Bentley SUV but it also uses parts from the Colorado platform that is used on the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne and VW Touareg. At the Detroit auto show last January, Duerheimer told the Financial Times that Bentley would seek to sell around 2,500 units of the SUV each year. In 2011, Bentley increased its global sales by 37% to 7,003 units, aided by the rising demand for models in China, North America and Germany.
Bentley Bentayga is a combination of unparalleled luxury, effortless performance, and everyday usability.
With a new W12 powertrain, the car is considered the world’s fastest, most luxurious, most powerful, and most exclusive sports utility vehicle. The SUV offers an authentic Bentley driving experience, at the same time showcasing innovative technology elements.
The Bentayga was designed, engineered and built in Crewe, and has a styling that is pure Bentley. With sculptural, elegant, and timeless execution, the SUV perfectly balances confidence and athleticism. From its four round LED headlamps, to its large matrix grille, distinctive power line, as well as muscular haunches, the SUV’s Bentley DNA is very apparent.
Additionally, the Bentley Bentayga features the finest automotive cabin in the world, with unrivalled precision levels. Its metal, wood, and leather detailing, including its meticulous tolerances between trim elements, epitomizes modern British luxury. The Bentayga is able to achieve this level of perfection through the exceptional skill of Bentley's team in Crewe.
At the heart of the SUV is a new twin-turbocharged 6-liter W12 engine. This mighty 12-cylinder unit joins together refinement and efficiency with ultra-luxurious levels of torque and power. With 608 PS and 900 Nm delivering a 0-60 mph time of just 4 seconds, as well as a maximum speed of 187 mph, the Bentayga is the fastest and most powerful SUV in the world.