Bentley boss Wolfgang Dürheimer has announced the company's first SUV will cost more than 130,000 GBP.

Bentley boss Wolfgang Dürheimer has announced the company's first SUV will cost more than 130,000 GBP.

In an interview given to Autocar at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Bentley's chief Wolfgang Dürheimer said the model will be more expensive than current luxury SUVs and will kick off at above 130,000 GBP (about 221,400 USD / 162,200 EUR). The Mulsanne will remain Bentley’s flagship model so the SUV will not go into its pricing territory (228,200 GBP).

Scheduled for a 2016 market launch, the Bentley SUV - engineered to reach 200 mph - is going to ride on the MLB Evo platform and is expected to get a 4.0-liter V8 twin-turbo and the 6.0-liter W12 motor along with a plug-in hybrid version confirmed for 2017.

In terms of exterior styling it will likely combine design cues from the EXP 9 F concept, Continental GT and Flying Spur while on the inside there will be a digital instrument cluster likely derived from the 2014 Audi TT, together with metallic accents, a wood trim and circular air vents.

The 2016 Bentley SUV will be manufactured at home in Crewe, UK where the company plans on hiring 1,000 people and will also invest 800M GBP to get the facility ready for the SUV.

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