NEWS: Report: Bentley SUV Being Prepped for Geneva Debut

February 14, 2012
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We've heard it all when it comes to the reported Bentley SUV; Bentley chairman and CEO Wolfgang Durheimer has even shed some light on the luxury SUV, revealing details on how a hybrid variant of the SUV would be of the plug-in variety, and how it will likely house a W-12 power plant. But we won't believe it until we see it before our eyes, and reports suggest that could be as soon as the Geneva show.
Although the British automaker hasn't confirmed that its reported SUV will debut at the Geneva show, Automotive News is reporting the ultra-lux 4x4 Bentley SUV has a strong possibility of showing its face at the upcoming auto 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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