Bentley Motors has confirmed that it will proceed with the development of its previously-displayed SUV concept, with the aim of a 2016 sales debut.
The SUV will be the marque’s fourth model line when production commences at its headquarters in Crewe, United Kingdom and is said to create over 1,000 jobs in the UK. Bentley adds that it will invest more than £800 million (RM3.9 billion) in its headquarters at Crewe and for the development of new models.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron, who was present together with Dr Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Volkswagen Group for the announcement at Bentley headquarters in Crewe, said: “This £800 million investment and a thousand new jobs from Bentley is fantastic news for both Crewe and for the UK as a whole. It is another important milestone in strengthening our economy.”
Dr Winterkorn added: “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.”
No specifications were released, however it is likely that the new model will feature a range of engines already used in the Continental range, including the 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 that also serves in certain upper-range Audi models, which Bentley has said to be under consideration.
While the new SUV is going to be based on the EXP 9 F Concept (above), Bentley CEO Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber said that the styling was a means to gauge public feedback, rather than a final rendition.