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Bentley SUV headed for production in 2016

The Bentley 4x4 will be the most powerful SUV on sale, but next to other upcoming SUVs from Lamborghini and Maserati, we're not so sure.

By Clifford Atiyeh Jul 23, 2013 10:20AM
After unveiling a concept at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, Bentley has confirmed the world's most decadent SUV will indeed be sold in 2016.

Color us unsurprised. Bentley, a subsidiary of the giant Volkswagen Group, which also owns the luxury brands Lamborghini and Bugatti, has had its EXP 9F concept approved for production since February. Despite some initial consternation about the concept's brutish lines, to which Bentley responded by immediately beginning a redesign following Geneva, customers are apparently feeling "extremely positive" toward the car, according to Bentley.

Save for the Porsche Cayenne, six-figure SUVs like the Range Rover and Mercedes-Benz G-Class have gone untouched for decades, and Bentley isn't going to sit by and watch the segment take off. Lamborghini and Maserati are readying their own SUVs, and even rival Rolls-Royce is dreaming up an SUV based on the upcoming BMW X7.

Bentley claims this SUV, codenamed by the media as Falcon, will be the "most powerful SUV in the market." Given the luxury rigs above, that's a tall order, especially against corporate cousin Lamborghini and its 700-horsepower V12 engines. By 2016, Bentley will have a lot to prove.

Bentley SUV sketch (c) Bentley
Audi, also part of the Volkswagen Group, will likely underpin the chassis for the Bentley SUV as part of the next-generation Q7. The bronze and glass interior will probably be toned down for production, but the teak picnic deck and accompanying glassware -- and those 23-inch wheels -- should remain. The price will be well north of $200,000.

It's also not Bentley's first SUV. In 1994, Bentley built six custom "Dominator" SUVs for the Sultan of Brunei at more than $4 million each (the deal apparently was lucrative enough to keep the British company out of bankruptcy at that time). In three years, the merely wealthy will soon share in the sultan's joy.

[Source: Bentley]
36Comments
Jul 24, 2013 2:50AM
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Rappers and Arabs are very excited about this news.
Jul 23, 2013 4:29PM
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Just what the world needs.  Leave it in the grocery store parking lot so people can bounce shopping carts off of it. 
Jul 23, 2013 3:11PM
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This will be a HIT with THE REAL HOUSEWIVES from the TV Series !!!
Jul 23, 2013 3:21PM
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unless your hauling 15 crates of cavier this car is completely vain and pointless. maybe bently should do what it used to do, make top of the line sports cars.
Jul 24, 2013 8:32AM
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Vanity of vanities says the preacher!!
Jul 24, 2013 4:48AM
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does anyone else think this thing is ugly? it looks like the porshe cayenne with a bentley front end. imagine what the price tag will be! i'd rather have the new corvette in my choice of 5 different colors for every day of my work week, which will cost just the same as this abomination
Jul 25, 2013 5:02AM
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This is just wrong. Leave SUV's to ones you don't mind taking off road and scratching. These "look at me" in my out of this world expensive car are for celebrities needing to flash their fortunes over the rest. Besides, its ugly as hell. All you rich folk, enjoy your ugly car.
Jul 24, 2013 5:57AM
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The Ranger Rover was completely re-designed for 2013...

Jul 23, 2013 3:26PM
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How many will sell at $200,000  Good luck on making a profit.
Jul 23, 2013 5:37PM
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I agree with Sketts - the Bentley concept SUV looks awful, at least from the front, and the Lexus is a better, more reliable vehicle at a fraction of the Bentley's price.
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