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BENTLEY SUV planned for 2014

13 August 2011

As more details about the upcoming Bentley SUV emerge, it seems this will now be ready by 2014 for a price of around £150,000.

Bentley CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer is working together with head of design Dirk van Braeckel and head of engineering Uli Eichhorn to launch the high-end SUV by 2014.

Dürheimer, who previously headed Porsche R&D, regards the launch of the Porsche Cayenne as one of his proudest achievements and he is convinced the SUV market is here to stay.

He sees potential for high-end SUVs in the most important markets for the British marque: China, Europe, and the United States, where luxury SUVs are in huge demand.

The SUV will have quintessential Bentley styling including a luxury wood and leather interior, which would elevate it above the standard set by the Range Rover.

The main competitor will be the Lagonda SUV which also due to be introduced in 2014.

The Bentley SUV is still in the research and development stage, the SUV’s new platform is still being decided.

It is possible the SUV will be built on parent company’s Volkswagen MLB modular chassis, which will also underpin the next generation Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne and VW Touareg.

While working for Porsche, Dürheimer was also involved in the development of the MLB chassis. The Bentley CEO also stated that he is a strong supporter of Bentley adopting diesel. This suggests that a version of the Audi V12 TDi could be placed in the Bentley SUV.

Durheimer reckons that 1,000Nm is the required torque figure for the stately and luxurious SUV. A petrol powered W12 could be offered as an alternative for the diesel engine, and a hybrid could be developed as well.

The Board of Management for the Volkswagen brand has still to decide whether or not the Bentley SUV will get its green light, but Dürheimer is confident the project will be a go.

Soucce: AutoCar