Bentley confirms its first SUV will debut in 2015

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  • Updated: Mar 20, 2013 10:45 IST

The Bentley EXP 9F's design failed to impress at the Geneva Motor show, but the same concept will be showcased at the Beijing auto show.


Bentley's upcoming SUV will look nothing like the XP 9F concept it unveiled at last year's Geneva Motorshow, according to the luxury car company's director of sales and marketing.

Speaking to UK newspaper The Guardian, Kevin Rose, Bentley's director of sales and marketing and the highest-ranking Briton in the now Germany-owned company, promised the brand's clients that the SUV would look nothing like its current SUV concept vehicle, and in response to claims that the proposed car is to be called The Falcon replied that if he has "anything to do with it won't be called the Falcon."

The car, expected to go into production -- possibly in Eastern Europe, rather than in Britain -- in 2015-2016 will be priced to compete with the recently launched Range Rover. A top-of-the-range Range Rover, with all available optional extras can cost up to £125,000, (about US$189,000) and the Bentley, which is provisionally being referred to as the Falcon by Wolfgang Schreiber, Bentley's chairman and chief executive, is expected to represent the same value but with more exclusivity.

In terms of specific details or specifications, Bentley declined to provide any further information but Schreiber stressed that it "definitely will not be a [Chelsea] tractor."

 

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