Will they or won't they? The answer, after a year of deliberation and speculation, is yes: Bentley will add an SUV to its ultra-luxury line-up in 2016.
And, while Bentley is known to have gone back to the drawing board, we can likely expect elements of the controversial EXP 9 F concept to feature on the final production model.
Despite rumours of a late 2012 motor-show appearance, Bentley has still not revealed the changes it has made to the EXP's design.
But, now that the company has confirmed a production future, we can likely expect a new or updated concept to appear later this year or sometime in 2015.
"The styling will set it apart from any other SUV on the road and will be true to the Bentley design DNA. It will be the most luxurious and most powerful SUV in the market," the carmaker said today.
To develop the SUV and other new models, Bentley will invest more than $1.2 billion in upgrading its facilities at Crewe in the UK, adding around 1000 new jobs in the process.
Specifics of the EXP 9 F's architecture were never revealed revealed, but Bentley has confirmed that its twin-turbo 6.0 litre W12 engine and eight-speed auto are featured in the concept.
In production form, we can likely expect the big W12 to be joined by the company's new 4.0 litre V8, and a hybrid option.
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