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Bentley To Build A SUV


So it has come to this. Is nothing sacred? We expect, from this venerable company, magnificent cars like the Mulsanne, the Flying Spur and the glorious Continental GT – cars that ooze class and traditional values. Of course, we have been forewarned by images from around 2012 which purported to show a hideous blocky thing as the future. Thankfully the designers went back to the drawing board and the latest manufactured images show some imagination. Apparently, potential buyers don’t need to live in Cheshire or play football – anyone can have one, provided, obviously, they have got some money.

Parent company Volkswagen are behind this. Recently, our Prime Minister met the VW Boss at the Bentley works in Crewe where it was announced that an investment of some £800million is to be spent at Bentley securing future models and also creating some one thousand jobs, which is great news for the region. On that basis we are prepared to accept that a Bentley SUV will arrive on the scene circa 2016.

This new leviathan will share much of its underpinnings with similar ‘next generation’ models like the huge Audi Q7, the desirable Porsche Cayenne, and the excellent VW Toureg. With these great cars available it kind of begs the question, ‘Why build the Bentley’? Well, the company are saying that not only do they intend this to be the most powerful SUV on the road but also the most luxurious. Possibly it will be a brother to the Lamborghini Urus SUV.

If that’s the case we should probably expect a version of the stupendous six litre twin-turbocharged W12 engine and it has also been suggested that a V8 may be on the cards as well as a more ecologically sound hybrid. No doubt many more details will be revealed over the next couple of years and maybe we’ll get a proper look at it around the motor shows. Expect to pay somewhere around the £150,000 mark at a guess.

Bentley has come a long way. In olden times they were the car to buy instead of a Rolls Royce. Now they very much have their own identity and are unquestionably brilliant vehicles. SUV’s have become very popular and it is something of a surprise. There was a time when drivers wanted low and sleek not something about the size of a Churchill tank. Changing times and Bentley are changing with them.

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