At the recent Frankfurt show, Bentley global head of sales and marketing Kevin Rose revealed to Automotive News Europe that the new Bentley SUV (EXP 9 F concept pictured) will be powered by a 12-cylinder engine that produces between 575 and 650 hp. He also confirmed the high-rider’s relation to the next-gen Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne.
Clearly, the 12-pot in question is likely to be a W12, and looking at the output range, a pair of turbochargers should be involved. The four-, five- or seven-seat vehicle “will be as capable off road as the Range Rover,” Rose boldly claimed, adding that it is expected to create a new segment. It will be the world’s most powerful and luxurious SUV, according to the Crewe crew. ANE speculates that Bentley’s first SUV could cost as much as 180,000 euro when sales begin in 2016.
It may not exactly be in a class of its own when it comes out, though – Rolls-Royce is reportedly considering an ultra-luxury SUV too.