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Mike Stevens | Nov, 10 2014 | 2 Comments

Bentley has rolled out a third teaser for its upcoming SUV this week, with a shadowy new video offering glimpses of a few new angles.

This latest clip follows a slightly more revealing - if dusty - image that was released back in March, showing the big new Bentley's restyled face.

Due to hit showrooms in 2016, the new SUV will wear a design more in-line with the current Bentley range, distancing itself from the earlier EXP 9 F concept.

Unveiled in early 2012, the big EXP 9 F's dramatic and confronting lines received a less-than-rapturous response.

Above: March's first teaser of the new Bentley SUV.
Above: March's first teaser of the new Bentley SUV.

Instead, the concept was quickly consigned to history as one of Bentley’s few missteps, and the company’s designers returned to the drawing board.

Now, it appears the new model will hold close to the established Bentley look, debuting a new face more closely aligned to the current Mulsanne and Continental models.

The standout change is the return to Bentley’s familiar dual-pod headlight design, doing away with the stacked driving and fog light arrangement of the concept.

The return to a more conventional look means the SUV has also done away with the additional small grille points that flanked the main grille of the earlier concept.

Little else is known about the SUV, although Bentley has confirmed it forms part of a $AU1.4 billion dollar investment in new models and development facilities over the next three years.

Above: the earlier EXP 9 F concept won few fans.
Above: the earlier EXP 9 F concept won few fans.

The company is also be responsible for building Volkswagen’s 6.0 litre W12 engines, suggesting most SUV models will get the big 12-cylinder heart.

In April, Bentley also confirmed it will launch a new hybrid powertrain with the SUV, matching the company's 6.75 litre V8 engine with an electric motor.

Bentley claims the system will offer a whopping 25 percent power boost over the regular V8 setup, which should amount to around 470kW.

The company expects to sell around 3000 of its new SUV models each year.

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