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The Bentley SUV has reportedly been given the green light for production by the supervisory board of parent company Volkswagen, paving the way for the controversial new model to launch by mid-decade.

Industry journal Automotive News Europe quotes German newspaper Handelsblatt, which reports the British luxury car maker has been given the all clear to send a vehicle based on the Bentley EXP 9F concept down the production line.

The newspaper reports the Bentley SUV, codenamed Falcon, is expected to be manufactured at Volkswagen’s Bratislava plant in Slovakia, with the finishing touches to be applied at the company’s Crewe headquarters in the UK.

Bentley CEO Wolfgang Schreiber revealed last month that the styling of the production SUV – now the domain of new design director Luc Donckerwolke – would resemble the brand’s existing models rather than mirror the polarising styling of the Dirk van Braeckel-penned EXP 9F concept that debuted at last year’s Geneva motor show.

The Bentley SUV will become one of a growing list of luxury performance SUVs, joining the segment-creating Porsche Cayenne and the upcoming Maserati Levante and Lamborghini Urus.




  • KC

    Nooo, how could they?

    • $29896495

      Thank God it’s not going to be that eye sore.

      • Don Quay

        I truly hope you are correct. The front is hideious and the profile seems to resemble the Cayenne.

  • Manmachine

    honda crv are much bettar. It looks cooler n i liek it more. but captiva good to

    • cepjin

      How old are you? 8?

      • Zaccy16

        yep only someone that is that bad at grammer would say a captiva is ‘good to’!

        • Jober As A Sudge

          HAHAHA…it’s “grammar” Zaccy!

    • Tony Abbotts No 1 fan

      Would you like to write that again, only this time so it makes sense.

  • Jober As A Sudge

    A car for the blind

  • Passer By

    I love it… always have. I know I’m not allowed to say that in public. I think it’ll be one of those cars you appreciate when it’s on the road.

    • Golfmother

      You will find by release date it will be a different look with  a toning down of some aspects ,VAG rarely get it wrong .

      • Monk

        But when they do – oh boy!

        • Golfmother

          Well monk fish tell me which one they got wrong , which one was a sales disaster , in the last 10 years .

          • Sam

            VW Phaeton is one. New Beetle was rubbish.

          • Monk

            Up! is an eyesore (and is a stupid name)

          • Monk

            I was actually referring to mechanical gremlins more than design.

      • Zaccy16

        i agree, they always make classy timeless designs!, in my opinion the mk4 golf still looks classy and up to date and it came out in the late 90′s!

        • Jober As A Sudge

          I’m pretty sure if they stuck a VW badge on a Kia or Hyundai you’d consider it a “classy and timeless design”. That said the MK4 is actually a half decent looking vehicle today

    • Zaccy16

      i agree, for some reason i like it

      • Monk

        You agree… with everything!!

        • Jober As A Sudge

          Exactly!

  • http://www.bryanbyrtrenault.com.au/ Modern Man

    they said that it would look like their current range and NOT this abomination.

    Read the text and not the headlines.

  • Peanut

    I want one of these so I can beep the horn at all the poor people in their BMW’s & Mercedes and tell them to get out of my way.

  • Tony Abbotts No 1 fan

    The front looks like a Hillman Imp, only not as good 

    • Don Quay

      Yes, I knew it looked familiar.

      • Igomi Watabi

        Wow. I can see where you are going, but I had to stare for a while. It’s a really long bow to draw.

  • Crazy n00b

    To be manuf’ed in Slovakia to cut costs?

    • Zaccy16

      no not to cut costs because the cayenne, q7 and toureug are made here so it makes lots of sense to use the same factory

  • Al Tungupon

    So this will be the fourth kind of wrapper in a one-size-fits-all platform. It’s likely to be the most expensive yet the ugliest. I sure hope that the production version will look nowhere near that.

  • Jourien

    Thanks but I prefer the Range Rover, its the proper R-R of the category and seriously I doubt that you can get the bentley much better inside to justify a bigger price tag, and in the off-road performance where the rest of its brothers can´t touch it, will not be a proper rival. That said , of course, it will be a darling of “new money people”, I´m sure that if the bubble haven´t exploded here in Spain, these would be the ride of choice of the corrupt politicians and “fast-money” real estate developers. People that, in general, got more money than taste and real automotive knowledge.

  • GregR

    Strewth – what a load of puerile nonsense; all this name-calling and the liberal use of texting language leads me to think that there are no true-blue petrol heads participating in these discussions just a load of big girls straight out of the playground. 
    Occasionally we are offered a truly individual vehicle which does not follow vogue form and this is a case in point. Well done VAG – stick to your guns fellas and take no heed of gibberish and claptrap. Five decades of driving sports cars has enabled me to understand what beauty means. If I were contemplating acquiring an SUV, aesthetics would be low on my list of preferences. This said, I relate to individualism and there is no other vehicle which might be mistaken for this Bentley. My humble view is that it is highly laudable that VAG should offer this model and I would be disappointed if they changed it in any way.

    • $29896495

      Well beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Fortunately you are making decisions for Bentley or VW. This design was widely panned by the higher ups and the designer replaced. What does that tell you? Also as the story here and more directly else where states, it will be re-designed.

      So looks like you will be disappointed.

      • GregR

        huwtm – you miss my point sir. I would concede absolutely that ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ – for that is my opinion also. Surely SUVs are not meant to be beautiful though. This seems like a fitting utilitarian design BUT an individual one! I hope that you are wrong and that VAG will not succumb to any criticism but will stick with the design as it stands. Thanks anyway for an intelligible response.