Luxury car maker Bentley has released a teaser image of the production version of its new SUV, which is likely to hit the showrooms in 2016. The image only shows the front of the vehicle and follows on from a previous teaser sketch showing the profile.
The design of the new SUV is a bit different from the earlier previewed sketch. As of now it integrates four headlight units instead of the concept’s two. The new SUV, which has been tipped to use the Falcon name despite Ford already having the rights to its usage, is promised to be the most powerful and luxurious Sports Utility Vehicle. It will be powered by the company's twin-turbocharged 4.0 litre V-8 engine, while a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter W-12 will be available in option. Further down the track, a plug-in hybrid model will also be introduced, and perhaps a diesel version too.
Underpinning the vehicle is a Volkswagen Group platform that will be shared with next-generation versions of the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg as well as a new SUV from Lamborghini. This new SUV will be produced at the Bentley’s main facility in Crewe, England.
The company is investing US 1.33 Billion over the next three years. Crewe will become the "center of excellence for W12 engines" and will for the first time export these massive powertrains to other brands from 2014.
Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors, said: “This is an important step, not just for Bentley but also for the UK manufacturing sector. This W12 centre of excellence is recognition of the long-standing engine manufacturing expertise we have that has resulted in performance improvements across the model ranges over recent years. The production of this advanced engine and its future generations will bring new technologies and skills to Crewe."