Speaking with the UK’s Auto Express, Bentley boss Dr Wolfgang Schreiber reportedly said the new SUV would debut hybrid technology for the British carmaker, one year after its 2016 launch.
While the technology won’t be ‘retro-fitted’ to existing Bentley models, it will be made progressively more available as each model is updated or replaced.
“The SUV will be the first Bentley hybrid because it’s based on a new platform with new technology,” Dr Schreiber said.
“You need space for batteries and the technology, so we probably won’t do that for existing models. We will see hybrid versions of all of our cars, though.”
“We learnt a lot from that car. The exterior was not liked by everybody so we reacted and modified the design completely. It’s now a true Bentley,” Dr Schreiber said.
Despite pricing, styling, specifications and even the new model’s name ('Falcon' has been suggested) all in the ‘unknown’ category, Bentley says it has already received 2000 pre-orders.
Bentley sales and marketing director, Kevin Rose, made no secret of the luxury carmaker’s intended market, saying the new SUV would be a second car for 90 percent of existing customers.
According to a seperate report from US website Motor Authority, the Bentley SUV may be offered with V8 and W12 engines, third-row seating and two different wheelbases for the US market (and potentially others).
The new SUV will also become the first Bentley to ever be offered with a factory-fitted tow bar.