Advertisement

Is Bentley Already Preparing For Production Of Its New SUV?

Follow Viknesh

Despite its controversial styling, Bentley’s EXP 9F SUV concept unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show has been a resounding success, with already more than 2,000 people expressing a firm interest in the car.

Bentley has been quiet on a launch date for a production version of the EXP 9F, though most estimates put it somewhere in the next year or two.  

This relatively short gestation period is possible due to the Bentley SUV sharing a platform with the next-generation Audi Q7, which has been testing on public roads since early this year.

Now it’s been revealed that Bentley is extending the summer shutdown period at its plant in Crewe, England, and has told workers that it will be adding production of an SUV there eventually. The information was revealed to The Sentinel newspaper by an unnamed employee of the automaker.

Bentley’s plant, which employs close to 4,000 people, will be closed for three weeks during August, rather than the traditional two. While originally this was thought to be due to the delay of some components for existing models, Bentley has denied this, stating that the extended shutdown is based upon a need to adjust the current production plan to align the company with key supplier holiday times as well as enable a number of facility changes in preparation for future productivity increases.

It is this latter reason that has got the Internet buzzing with suggestions that Bentley could be doing the initial preparation work for the new SUV.

The launch of the new SUV is expected to significantly boost Bentley’s annual sales, adding around 3,500 to as much as 5,000 units to the automaker’s 2011 sales tally of just over 7,000 cars. The key to the rapid growth is emerging markets like China, Russia and the Middle East, but also the U.S., which still has an insatiable appetitive for SUVs.

At the 2012 Beijing Auto Show earlier today Bentley confirmed that several powertrain options are being considered for the SUV, including its lightweight 4.0-liter V-8 for a sporty model, the 6.0-liter W-12 for the range-topper and potentially even a plug-in hybrid setup for eco-conscious buyers.
Posted in:
Advertisement
 
Follow Us

 

Have an opinion?

  • Posting indicates you have read this site's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use
  • Notify me when there are more comments
Comments (5)
  1. This segment is a no brainer, and I'm surprised it's taken this long already. I used to own a 7-Series but downsized to an XF, mainly because I didn't like the feeling that I was just a limo driver. People with money don't want sedans.
     
    Post Reply
    Vote
    Bad stuff?

     
  2. Sorry, that's meant to be 'downsized to an X5'.
     
    Post Reply
    Vote
    Bad stuff?

     
  3. i think you need another correction.
    People with money dont DRIVE sedans. they are driven in sedans :D
     
    Post Reply
    Vote
    Bad stuff?

  4. Those nearly 2,000 people expressing interest have got to get their eyes checked by a very good ophthalmologist.
     
    Post Reply
    Vote
    Bad stuff?

     
  5. While I'm not rushing to buy one myself, I can see why others would. It's not just about the looks of the vehicle. It's almost about buying what is likely to be the most expensive SUV ever. Bragging rights is what people are seeing in this, not just the aestethic. With that interior, I certainly wouldn't mind it.
     
    Post Reply
    Vote
    Bad stuff?

 

Have an opinion? Join the conversation!

Advertisement

Take Us With You!

 
Advertisement
Advertisement

Research New Cars

Go!


 
© 2014 MotorAuthority. All Rights Reserved. MotorAuthority is published by High Gear Media. Stock photography by Homestar, LLC. Send us feedback.