Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer recently revealed that the new SUV could showcase the same level of quality and craftsmanship of other Bentley models. He said that if all went well, it could become Bentley's best-selling vehicle,
"If Bentley were able to sell an SUV with the same level of craftsmanship as a Continental or Mulsanne, we could have an interesting success on our hands."
Durheimer, who previously lead Porsche's research and development team during the time the Cayenne was being conceived, also mentioned the success of the Porsche SUV, saying that Bentley could follow that lead.
"I believe our version of the Cayenne could become our biggest selling vehicle... With an SUV, Porsche doubled in size."
According to a report by Car Magazine in the UK, the Bentley SUV could come in a range variants with three different engines. The first of which is a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol unit, producing around 410kW. Providing for the diesel market there's potential for a V12 TDI twin-turbo diesel, and a hybrid version could also be on the cards.
As for the design of the new Bentley, reports say the SUV will feature a sleek four-door coupe layout with examples of Bentley's future design philosophy as well as Bentley's heritage looks blended in.