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Bentley SUV Gets Video Premiere, But We're Still In The Dark


It’s been a couple years since Bentley first revealed its intentions to build an SUV with the EXP 9 F Concept, but there are still a couple more years before we’ll ever see these out on the road. In the meantime, Bentley has kept a steady stream of teasers, and the latest video could give us our best glimpse yet at the SUV, which may be called the Bentley Falcon.

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The shadowy video doesn’t give too many definitive looks at the upcoming Bentley, but it does reveal a few interesting changes that Bentley made from the 2012 concept vehicle. We’ve already known that the SUV would get a face more similar to the Continental GT, but this video also shows that the taillights will be more of a rectangular wraparound design like the new Flying Spur; it also looks like the rear quarter windows will get a minor tweak to include a modest upkick, which is another nod to the Conti GT. The too-many-to-count-spoke wheels from the concept have been upgraded to a twisted five-spoke design, and the fender vent now appears far less gaudy. Finally, the SUV will retain its signature rear haunches.

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Aside from styling, the even bigger news is what Bentley promises from its upcoming SUV, specifically, giving it the title of “world’s most powerful and luxurious SUV.” A plug-in hybrid powertrain has already been promised, but for this bold of a statement, it would be very appropriate to imagine Bentley’s twin-turbocharged engines – 4.0-liter V-8 or 6.0-liter W-12 – making their way into this SUV. Of course, it will share its platform with the next-gen Porsche Cayenne, VW Touareg, Audi Q7 as well as Lamborghini’s all-new SUV.

This SUV will join the Bentley lineup in 2016 with sales expected to start in the neighborhood of 3,000 units annually, and a pricetag in excess of $150,000.

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