Customers of the car brand have been asking for an SUV model to join the stable for a number of years and the company has already released a prototype SUV the EXP 9F at last year’s Geneva Motor Show.
It was an important enough announcement that Prime Minister David Cameron was at Bentley’s HQ in Crewe when the news was broken. That is partly because the new model will mean around 1k new jobs and partly because it is something of a relief that the new Bentley SUV will be built in the UK as initial thoughts appeared to suggest the production might be moved to Bratislava.
The new Bentley SUV is likely to move straight to the top of the growing list of ultra-luxury high-end SUVs, a market that is unsurprisingly an extremely profitable one for car manufacturers. Despite initial misgivings from a number of motoring reviewers the Porsche Cayenne quickly became the sports car company’s best seller with sales of over 60k models a year.
The new Bentley SUV is likely to be a much sought after vehicle for those that can afford the likely price tag of between £150-200k.
As regards the power behind the new model Bentley are likely to use one of their existing high-performance engines from the Mulsanne or Continental range, this will give a massive power rating of between 505 and 600 hp for the new SUV.
Bentley will no doubt be looking east to gauge reaction to today’s news as China is quickly becoming the most important market for ultra-luxury car makers such as Rolls Royce and Lamborghini