Rappers rejoice; Bentley has just confirmed it will build its own sports utility vehicle right here in the UK. The car will go on sale in 2016 for an as-yet-undisclosed price.
The Bentley SUV will be based on the EXP 9 F concept, first shown off at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. That car faced a mixed reception from the world’s press at the time of its unveiling, but current and prospective Bentley customers have given it an ‘extremely positive’ reaction over the last 16 months, the company claims.
It is not yet clear what the final production model will look like, but its makers says it 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,” the company said via press release. “It will be the most luxurious and most powerful SUV in the market.”
Dr Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Volkswagen Group, commented: “The Volkswagen Group believes in the UK as a competitive location for industrial production. Bentley fans all around the world are looking forward to the brand’s first SUV. Together we will make this new Bentley another true Bentley – powerful, exclusive and successful.”
Bentley says the new model will create more than 1,000 jobs in the UK