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Back in March 2012, Bentley introduced the EXP 9 concept at the Geneva Motor Show. Not everyone was happy about that, with the bulk of the complaints being made about the way it looked. Enough people must have responded positively, however, as Bentley has now announced a fourth model line to accommodate an SUV. Like the other Bentleys, it will be built in Crewe.
It’s not expected to go on sale until 2016, but Bentley will be putting lots of money into it and other new models before that. They’ll be spending somewhere in the neighbourhood of £800 million on facilities and development in the next three years. Good news for Crewe.
While there are lots of quotes from politicians and company executives, nobody seems to be providing any details. The line drawing illustrating the press release (see above) certainly doesn’t give anything away. Bentley’s Chairman and Chief Executive, Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, says: “The 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.”
In other words, it will be a Bentley. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.