Bentley Unveils Plans for Luxury SUV

July 25, 2013 | by Kimatni D. Rawlins, automotiverhythms.com, (@ARtvKimatni) | Pursuits

After endless speculation and rumors, Bentley recently made an official statement that their much-anticipated EXP 9 F concept SUV will go into production as the company’s fourth model line. It’s expected to hit the market in 2016.

Bentley says it will devote more than 800 million Euros toward new product development as well as its headquarters. The stately SUV will be made in Crewe and is expected to create more than 1,000 jobs in England.

“This is excellent news for Bentley and for the UK. Bentley is increasingly successful, and this new fourth model line will leverage the success of the global SUV market,” said Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber, Bentley’s chairman and chief executive, in a statement. “The support of everyone involved with the company has been fundamental to this decision, which will ensure sustainable growth for the company.”

The EXP 9 F concept was first shown in 2012 at the Geneva Motor Show with massive 23-inch alloy wheels, Bentley’s signature grille, a powerful 6-liter W12 engine coupled with an 8-speed transmission, and luxurious amenities fit for the royal family. Expect the production of the lavish SUV to be limited with pricing well beyond the most expensive SUVs—the Range Rover and Porsche Cayenne Turbo—on the market.

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