The new Bentley SUV might be manufactured in Bratislava and not in Crewe.
Present at Bentley’s annual press conference, the company’s chief Wolfgang Schreiber said that a decision of utmost importance for the new Bentley SUV will be taken ‘very soon’. If the production sign-off will be granted in the following weeks as expected, the model will begin production in 2015 or 2016.
Schreiber said that there are only several ‘last hurdles’ to be cleared, including choosing the plant where the model will be built. Two options are currently analyzed: Crewe, England and Bratislava, Slovakia.
“We want to build sustainable cars that make money,” said Schreiber. “But we have the components and the craftsmanship skills in Crewe. We are all fighting for the best decision for Bentley.”
The Bentley board expressed its desire for the model to be built in Crewe, while VW Group would choose Bratislava. If the model was to be built in Bratislava, it would be the first Bentley without the famous ‘Made in Crewe, England’ plaque, but all the components would be shipped from Crewe to keep the exclusive Bentley fell. Wherever the model will be manufactured it will be completely different from the concept model presented last year at the Geneva motor show.
“It’s completely different now and already ready for final development,” he said. “It has the DNA of the current cars but looks even more special as a very modern SUV.”