Bentley CEO confirms SUV plus diesel and hybrid engines - report

Bentley EXP 9 F concept
Bentley EXP 9 F concept

6.75-liter V8 could be retired

Outgoing Bentley CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer has revealed the company is looking to become more environmentally friendly.

In an interview with Car & Driver, the executive confirmed future models will be offered with hybrid and diesel engines. Speaking of the latter, speculation suggests the company could use an Audi-sourced V8 TDI with approximately 400 hp (298 kW / 406 PS).

Dürheimer also said the 6.75-liter V8 engine, that produces 512 PS (505 bhp / 377 kW) and a 1020 Nm (752 lb-ft), could be retired when the next-generation Mulsanne is introduced. It will likely be replaced by a new twelve-cylinder engine.

Company officials also said a crossover is "a foregone conclusion" and customers have already expressed interest. The model will likely ride on a Volkswagen platform and look radically different than the EXP 9F concept.


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sideskraper sideskraper
It looks like a Micromachine.
Aug 21st, 2012 5:25pm
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fire_bird fire_bird
if this was hyunday or toyota the whole world will say its ugly, but bcz its bentley some will say omg its amazing :D
Aug 21st, 2012 5:06pm
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SorryMyBadEnglish SorryMyBadEnglish
It's too low. Nice fish back lights :) http://www.worldcarfans.com/112082047412/bentley-ceo-confirms-suv-plus-diesel-and-hybrid-engines/lowphotos#4
Aug 21st, 2012 5:00pm
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Maotsi Maotsi
Who wants to drive a Diesel Bentley? I think this clearly shows that Bentley has given up on trying to be better than Rolls Royce. The germans are milking their British cash cows for all they're worth. Its a pity VW are just after sales. BMW are doing RR justice and so is Tata for Jag and Land Rover...The Bentley story is one which only time will reveal to us
Aug 21st, 2012 11:04am
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Shotokan6 Shotokan6
I will completely disagree with most of you. This SUV is absolutely gorgeous and very elegant. It looks like....well...like a Bentley. It is distinct enough without being too wild in its design. I am absolutely convinced this will be a hit.
Aug 21st, 2012 4:21am
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In ugliness its up there with the old Ssangyong's.
Aug 21st, 2012 1:37am
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TRDartz TRDartz
Bentley is demonstrating their SUV's offroad capabilities by driving it on the soft shoulder of the highway? lol....Very capable. lol
Aug 20th, 2012 11:58pm
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AkaashCashKat AkaashCashKat
who wants to be chauffeured in the dirt anyway
Aug 20th, 2012 10:56pm
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AkaashCashKat AkaashCashKat
possibly the ugliest car ever!! PUKE!!
Aug 20th, 2012 10:55pm
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is it only me who see it ugly?
Aug 20th, 2012 9:27pm
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manual-trans manual-trans
Ugly! No, you just insulted the ugly. It is FUGLY!!
Aug 21st, 2012 5:38am
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