Bentley CEO Wolfgang Schreiber said the automaker is close to reach a decision regarding the manufacturing of an ultraluxury SUV.
Schreiber said that the SUV will share the same platform with VW, Porsche and Audi and that its design will resemble those of the Bentley brand rather than the controversial styling of the Bentley EXP 9F Concept, which was presented in 2012 at the Geneva auto show. He also added that the model is expected to make its debut in 2015.
“The main intention was not to show the final styling but to get feedback from the market,” Schreiber said at the Detroit auto show. “If you saw the styling, you would say, ‘That is a real Bentley.'”
The ultraluxury SUV will most likely feature an eight-cylinder engine and maybe an optional W-12, according to Schreiber. In the near future, the automaker will also share a platform with Porsche or Audi to manufacture the next generation GTC convertible, Continental GT coupe and Flying Spur sedan, which is expected to come to light in about five years.
The Bentley SUV, which is expected to be named the Falcon, will become the third model in the company’s lineup, after the Mulsanne and the Continental, once it will hit the market in its final form probably in 2015.