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Geneva Show Could Be Grounds for Bentley SUV Debut

Ultra-lux 4×4 Bentley SUV a strong possibility to debut at Geneva Show.

Karla Sanchez
Feb 14, 2012
Although details of a Bentley SUV have been revealed from the Bentley boss himself, including how it will likely house a W-12 powerplant, and that there are plans for a plug-in hybrid variant of it, the luxury Bently SUV remains a figment of our imagination. But that could change at the Geneva show in March, when Bentley will reportedly show its work in progress.
Although the British automaker hasn’t confirmed that its reported SUV will debut at the Geneva show, Automotive News is reporting the ultra-lux 4×4 Bentley SUV has a strong possibility of showing its face at the upcoming show. As we’ve reported before, the Bentley SUV will not use an all-new platform, meaning it could instead use the same underpinnings as the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg.
And while we initially thought there would be a good chance the SUV would utilize the new 6.3-liter W-12 that’s used for the 2012 Audi A8L, Durheimer said it wouldn’t, but confirmed a 12-cylinder would indeed be used as the main power source. Bentley’s boss also told the Financial Times at the Detroit show that a potential sales target for the SUV could be about 2500 units a year. With details slowly starting to emerge, it might not be too far-fetched the Bentley SUV show its face soon, especially since another uber-upscale SUV under the Volkswagen umbrella is rumored for an upcoming debut. Lamborghini will apparently have an SUV ready to unveil -- most likely in concept form -- at the Beijing auto show this April.
Source: Automotive News Europe (subscription required)

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