| 23/07/2013 | 0 Comments

Bentley Motors today confirms that it will proceed with the development of the Bentley SUV, the company’s fourth model line. The SUV will be made in Crewe and will go on sale in 2016. It will create over 1000 jobs in the UK. Over the next three years Bentley will invest more than £800 million in its headquarters at Crewe and the development of new models.

Bentley_SUV_7The SUV will be a thoroughbred Bentley true to the brand hallmarks of luxury, performance, quality and craftsmanship. The styling will set it apart from any other SUV on the road and will be true to the Bentley design DNA. It will be the most luxurious and most powerful SUV in the market. The response from customers to a Bentley SUV has been extremely positive in the last 16 months, since the company unveiled the EXP 9 F SUV concept at Geneva Motor Show 2012 with the aim of refining the concept further.

Bentley_SUV_1From a designer’s perspective, EXP 9 F was a dream project, the chance to create a completely new type of Bentley. A new class of Bentley allowed the styling team to adopt a more progressive design approach. The exterior is a bold, dynamic statement, combining clean, muscular surfaces with signature character lines, while retaining the qualities of luxury and power.

Bentley_SUV_2The EXP 9 F concept was based around the Bentley 6.0 litre, twin-turbocharged W12 engine with an 8-speed transmission. The W12 6.0 litre powertrain could develop 600 hp and 800 Nm of torque with key performance indicators like the top speed and 0-60 mph sprint time all setting new benchmarks for the SUV sector.


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