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2016 Bentley SUV Spy Shots

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Bentley’s new SUV is due to enter production in 2016 and should be in showrooms either that year or in early 2017. Today we have new spy shots of a prototype for the upcoming SUV. The prototype is heavily camouflaged, with most of the panels tacked on to hide the true shape. However, we can still ascertain a number of details from the shots and also peer into the lavish interior.

The styling of the new SUV is based on Bentley’s EXP 9 F concept from 2012, although the somewhat gaudy design of the concept is being updated to something more elegant and athletic. A previous teaser image shows that Bentley designers have adopted four individual lights for the production SUV’s headlights as opposed to the two lights fitted to the concept, and this is confirmed in the latest spy shots.

The interior features Bentley’s traditional leather, wood and metal elements. We can also see that the vehicle is getting a new design for the air vents as well as a digital instrument cluster complete with head-up display. Expect a sophisticated electronic interface to go along with the new instrument cluster. Third-row seating is planned, though it’s not clear if this will be standard or optional.

2016 Bentley SUV spy shots

2016 Bentley SUV spy shots

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Underpinning the vehicle is the SUV version of the Volkswagen Group’s new MLB Evo platform that debuts in the 2016 Q7 and, in shortened form, will eventually appear in the next-generation versions of the Porsche Cayenne, Volkswagen Touareg and a new SUV from Lamborghini based on 2012’s Urus concept.

In the powertrain department, expect Bentley’s current V-8 and W-12 engines to be featured. The prototype here is fitted with the W-12, as denoted by its oval exhaust tips (Bentley’s V-8 models get exhaust tips with a figure-eight design). The automaker has also confirmed that a plug-in hybrid system will be offered in the new SUV, though it’s not clear yet what internal combustion engine the system will incorporate. We’ll most likely see the V-8 used although there’s the possibility Bentley may utilize a V-6 engine to help maximize efficiency.

Production of the new SUV will take place at Bentley’s factory in Crewe, England. While there have been reports the SUV may be called a Falcon, this is unlikely given Ford’s rights to the name. Click here for a spy video showing a previous prototype.

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