The "will they, won't they" saga over Bentley's SUV plans appears to finally be over. They will. That's according to the German business newspaper Handelsblatt, which is reporting that the controversial SUV will be built after receiving the go-ahead from Volkswagen's board.

Known internally as "Falcon," the still-unnamed Bentley SUV will be based on the EXP 9 Concept that received wildly mixed reviews at its 2012 Geneva Motor Show unveiling. Since the EXP 9's unveiling, there have been a steady stream of leaks and rumors suggesting that the bold-faced vehicle will get a redesign prior to going into production, but it remains unclear how different the final vehicle will look.

According to Automotive News, Bentley is itself stopping short of confirming the green-light report, though it does admit that the SUV's production outlook appears "very positive." Production will likely take place in Slovakia at a plant owned by parent Volkswagen.

Seen as a key part of Bentley's plan to expand its sales volumes, the SUV is expected to arrive within three years under V8 and possibly W12 power, just like the brand's volume Continental GT range. Said to start at a cost of some 200,000 euros – over $270,000 US – the Bentley will stare down a suddenly crowded segment of luxury utility vehicles, taking on newcomers like the Maserati Levante and as-yet unnamed Lamborghini SUV along with segment stalwarts like the Land Rover Range Rover and Porsche Cayenne.


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      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      I look forward to seeing this in rap videos.
      Moe Khan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Call me snotty, but I can't get on board with the idea of buying a Bentley that's built in Slovakia. I wouldn't mind parts being made there, but the final assembly would have to be done at Crewe.
      likeaboss1234boss
      • 1 Year Ago
      i say why not Bentley will sell these like hotcakes, and i would like to see this being the fastest production suv in the world since the flying spur speed is the fastest 4 door in the world.... that being said i hope they change the design still looks horrid.
        Donny Hoover
        • 1 Year Ago
        @likeaboss1234boss
        Because it waters down a brand known for greatness, more specifically performance and excellence. Granted it isn't as much of an abomination as a Porsche or Lambo SUV, it is still a smudge on the face of a great brand, no matter how much money they can make. What's next? An SUV with a DB9 face?
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      hideous and too expensive.
      John
      • 1 Year Ago
      They already have the "Flying Spur".... how bout for this one they call it the "Flying Brick"?
      Myself
      • 1 Year Ago
      Years ago, Sultan of Brunei commissioned a one off awd Bentley SUV - Bentley Dominator Here it is: http://www.bentleyspotting.com/2011/08/bentley-dominator-for-royal-family-of.html I don't know which one is uglier.
        Dump
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Myself
        wow. those ridiculously priced one-offs don't seems so silly now.
        greg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Myself
        it is one off and to me it looks like a Land Crusier w/ Bentley badges on it it is still less ugly then that thing above
      sixsixty
      • 1 Year Ago
      et tu, bentley? barf. the headlights, however, are actually quite nice looking.
      GM4LIFE
      • 1 Year Ago
      This truck is soooooo ugly!!! It looks like a 1960 Plymouth Valiant
      greg
      • 1 Year Ago
      its still HIDEOUS and DISGUSTING
      Donny Hoover
      • 1 Year Ago
      It was a dumb idea when Porsche did it, it was a dumb idea when Lambo explored it. Guess what? It is still a dumb idea.
        Ricky
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Donny Hoover
        Yeah Donny, really dumb when the Cayenne outsold every other Porsche model by several thousand units last year. I do not understand people who complain like this. It takes a basic understanding of business to realize that if it weren't for vehicles like the Cayenne and Panamera padding its balance sheet, Porsche wouldn't have the cash to invest into R&D for vehicles like the 918 Spyder.
        Mason
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Donny Hoover
        Yep, building a car that basically prints money for the company to reinvest in it's low-profit sports cars is a horrible idea. You nailed it.
        ChrisH
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Donny Hoover
        Porsche did it just fine, their machine is very capable. They at least created a purposeful machine, I am not sure about this Bentley
      Ricky
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't get all the hate... I'd buy this. It makes an Escalade look like a Grand Caravan.
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