Following a report from German business daily newspaper Handelsblatt saying the EXP 9 F Falcon SUV has been given the green light for production, we contacted Bentley to confirm.
Although Bentley representatives are confident the SUV will be produced, a final decision about the project is still pending. Most likely the signature of VW’s big boss, CEO Martin Winterkorn, is still needed. “We are confident to build the SUV. A final decision has not yet made,” Wolfgang Glabus, Bentley Motors’ Director of Communications told Inautonews.com via e-mail.
Glabus also said the Bentley SUV’s sales targets attributed to CEO Wolfgang Schreiber in the Handelsblatt report are not correct. “I cannot comment on further details but I can tell you that Mr. Schreiber is wrongly cited about the sales targets. The target is 3000 to 4000 cars, not 500,” said Glabus.
According to Handelsblatt’s report, Bentley’s EXP-9 SUV will be priced from €200,000 and will be powered by a 600-hp W12 petrol engine. It will use a modified platform that the one the Audi Q7/VW Touareg/Porsche Cayenne are based on, and it will be larger, wider and heavier than those models. Later on, the EXP 9 F may also receive a 4.0-liter V8 engine.