VW board OKs Bentley SUV, report says
Design changed from EXP 9F concept.
The SUV, internally codenamed Falcon, will retail starting at $271,000 (200,000 euros), the paper said. The model will likely be built at VW's plant in Slovakia, with final completion taking place at Bentley's plant in Crewe, England.
Bentley did not confirm the report. "We are still waiting for the official green light from Volkswagen," a spokeswoman told Automotive News Europe, adding that a decision in favor of production looks "very positive."
Bentley CEO Wolfgang Schreiber said at the Detroit auto show in January that the SUV's design will resemble the rest of the Bentley brand rather following than the controversial design of the EXP 9F concept. He said the SUV is expected to launch within three years.
The SUV likely will use an eight-cylinder engine and possibly an optional W12, he said.
The SUV will play a key part in Bentley's growth ambitions. Last year, the brand's global unit sales increased 22 percent to 8,510 cars. Bentley is targeting sales of up to 5,000 SUVs per year, according to Handelsblatt.
-- David Jolley, Automotive News Europe
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