Bentley SUV could offer V12 TDI - report

Bentley SUV - Artist Impression
Bentley SUV - Artist Impression / copyright AUTOMEDIA

Could be launched in 2014

Speaking at a recent press event, Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer revealed some new details about the brand's upcoming crossover.

He wouldn't go into specifics, but said "If Bentley were able to sell an SUV with the same level of craftsmanship as a Continental or Mulsanne, we could have an interesting success on our hands." Furthermore, the executive hinted the model would likely become Bentley's best-selling vehicle.

Car Magazine says the crossover is codenamed the BY736 and will be based on the MLB Evo platform. It is slated to feature coupe-like styling and a bespoke four- or five-seat interior.

Engine options will likely include a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8, a twin-turbo W12 and possibly a V12 TDI. There's also word of a plug-in hybrid variant, but technical details remain a mystery.

If everything goes according to plan, the SUV will be approved for production later this year and could be launched in 2014.

Source: Car

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GTurbo GTurbo
Bentley's first ever SUV may end up looking like 'The Thing!'
Aug 28th, 2011 12:24am
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Kennyyan88 Kennyyan88
Don't do it....
Aug 15th, 2011 5:28pm
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mikemikemikemike mikemikemikemike
I would rather have the Griswolds' station wagon that that one.
Aug 13th, 2011 10:47pm
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pzigly pzigly
so far 2 cars that got murdered design-wise for makeing it 5 door instead of 2 door, the panamara and this thing. aston martin is the only one that cares about looks im guessing
Aug 13th, 2011 1:01am
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rm19 rm19
I thought I flushed that down the toilet last night. :/
Aug 13th, 2011 12:03am
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Siawa Siawa
Looks more like an Herse.
Aug 12th, 2011 10:42pm
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nunyabub nunyabub
Vilivo get a life and write a book, this thing is hideous, would be better to just put a big B on the hood of a Touareg
Aug 12th, 2011 8:07pm
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vilivo vilivo
I always said Oxygen thieves should wear a sign, so as to enable normal people to save any time they might waste on them. This is a rendering- ie. a guess by sum1 not even remotely involved. Sit down, and calm down. You might learn something from the people on here who do know about cars. Now, here's your sign, and try not 2 hurt urself...
Aug 15th, 2011 3:30pm
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nunyabub nunyabub
Nobody was talking about cars bub, we were commenting on a hideous rendition of a sad attempt at being late to the party, follow some of your own advice and stick to a sign as well.
Oct 21st, 2011 10:29pm
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vilivo vilivo
1- read my priginal comment 2- read my reply 2 comment on styling 3- grab a sign...
Oct 21st, 2011 11:47pm
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eddie eddie
Nice looking. I would buy one if it was not for my 401k bottoming out
Aug 12th, 2011 7:23pm
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Should there be an off-road event, Land Rovers, Range Rovers, Jeeps, 2nd hand Hummers should be a common sight like "bread and butter". But a Bentley SUV? Erm...
Aug 12th, 2011 5:58pm
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I'm anxious to see one of these live and in color! Seems mix between truck and SUV
Aug 12th, 2011 5:37pm
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automobile007 automobile007
Haha that photoshop rendering is bloody awful! Fingers crossed bentley will do a better job of the design than that!
Aug 12th, 2011 1:47pm
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cronan cronan
More V12TDIs! But the car is horrendus.
Aug 12th, 2011 12:49pm
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Prestige15 Prestige15
*puts down my breakfast*
Aug 12th, 2011 12:44pm
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Biz Biz
Hahaha *Throws laptop across room at breakfast* They are killing brands!
Aug 12th, 2011 2:17pm
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vilivo vilivo
Why all the complaining, there are some who want that SUV position, in a car that is technically an SUV. That, but with the lux offered by a Rolls/ Bentley. If Lagonda can be suggested, so could this. Yall needa get off ur high horses an realize that the more units a company can sell, the more money they can make, the more they can spend on R&D. ie. Cayenne= More sales= Cayman= more sales= Panamera= more sales= 918. Same will happen here, and then VWAG will also have more $ to grow Bentley. Am I the only one here who works and lives in the real word?
Aug 12th, 2011 12:25pm
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peterjames7 peterjames7
I hope they get some fresh blood in to design this because the current designers couldnt design an suv
Aug 12th, 2011 11:39am
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Microice Microice
Luxury Utility Vehicle... In concept it sounds interesting but as a Bentely not so much. VW's now just bastardising this brand!
Aug 12th, 2011 11:15am
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pzigly pzigly
just like they did to lambo
Aug 13th, 2011 12:57am
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OsamaS.Husain OsamaS.Husain
Looks stupid
Aug 12th, 2011 10:57am
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cmon guys thats a mini van!!!!!!!! its an insult for the suv family if u call it one
Aug 12th, 2011 7:59am
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xLumino xLumino
just thought the same after seeing this senceless photoshop
Aug 12th, 2011 6:39pm
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M! M!
it's probably true that VW realize bentley can sell thousands of SUVs like Porsche. I feel sorry for the brand. Let's hope BMW insist on not doing the same for Rolls Royce.
Aug 12th, 2011 5:23am
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TroyBoy71 TroyBoy71
That photoshop jobbie is appalling!!!!
Aug 12th, 2011 4:47am
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