Production of a Bentley SUV is still unconfirmed but optimism is high as company execs talk it up.

Production of a Bentley SUV is still unconfirmed but optimism is high as company execs talk it up.

When Bentley revealed the EXP 9 F SUV concept in Geneva, the media gave it a luke-warm reception. Reports ensued that the company acknowleged the styling was "a little heavy handed" and that a new design was already being developed for more traditional SUV styling.

Upon its Asian debut in Beijing a few weeks ago, Bentley divulged that a couple of powertrains are under consideration, including the company's flagship 6.0-liter W12 engine and new 4.0-liter V8 unit, as well as a V6 plug-in hybrid - but still no confirmation about production.

In an internview at the Beijing auto show Bentley CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer told Bloomberg that he is confident approval from parent company Volkswagen will be given by year's end to build the SUV.

"At present, we are working out our internal Bentley business case and it looks very optimistic," said Duerheimer. Pricing for the SUV is expected to range from 160,000 euros ($210,000) to 200,000 euros, which would make it the most expensive SUV on the market.

Duerheimer also confirmed that Bentley plans to sell 3,000 units of the SUV annually when production starts in 2015.

 

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