Bentley has a new SUV in the works. The English car company will collaborate with its VW stable-mates on the new vehicle.
We are finally able to confirm the long-running rumor that Bentley will indeed make a luxury SUV. According to Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, Bentley CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer said in an interview that Bentley wants to build a competitor to the Land Rover and to Volkswagen Group stable-mate Porsche's Cayenne. Bentley has engines with huge torque and all-wheel-drive on the Continental line so a partnership with Porsche, Audi or Lamborghini (who are back in the SUV game) makes perfect sense.
The SUV would most likely use the same platform as the Porsche Cayenne. What is stranger is that VW would sanction a Cayenne competitor from its own company using the Cayenne platform. It's possible, however, that a Bentley SUV could pull a different market share, already given the huge discrepancy in price. Pricing could run at $100,000 or more for the new SUV and could launch sometime after 2013. In comparison, the 2011 Porsche Cayenne has an MSRP of $47,700. Photos displayed are renderings.