It looks like the addition of a Royal Baby isn't the only big news coming out of the UK this week. Bentley has ended all of the will they/won't they speculation by confirming today that it will produce an SUV, and released a sketch of the luxo SUV as shown above. Earmarked to go on sale in 2016, the as-yet unnamed Bentley SUV will help create an extra 1,000 jobs in the UK.

While no concrete details have been released, Bentley says that it will be the "most luxurious and most powerful SUV" on the market. Past rumors have indicated that the SUV will look completely different from the 2012 EXP 9 F Concept (shown in the gallery below), be renamed the Falcon and offer options like a plug-in hybrid version and three-row seating. To prepare for a fourth model in its lineup, Bentley will be investing 800 million British pounds (around $1.2 billion USD) into its Crewe headquarters and production lines over the next three years. Scroll down for Bentley's press release officially confirming the new SUV.
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GREEN LIGHT FOR BENTLEY SUV

-Fourth model line to be built in Crewe
-Sales will begin in 2016
-Over 1,000 UK jobs created
-New model will be true to Bentley's brand hallmarks
-Extremely positive customer response to an SUV by Bentley

(Crewe, 23 July 2013). Bentley Motors today confirms that it will proceed with the development of the Bentley SUV, the company's fourth model line. The SUV will be made in Crewe and will go on sale in 2016. It will create over 1000 jobs in the UK. Over the next three years Bentley will invest more than £800 million in its headquarters at Crewe and the development of new models.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron, who was present together with Dr Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Volkswagen Group for the announcement at Bentley headquarters in Crewe, said: "This £800 million investment and a thousand new jobs from Bentley is fantastic news for both Crewe and for the UK as a whole. It is another important milestone in strengthening our economy.

"One sector that we know is sprinting ahead in the global race is our booming automotive industry. One vehicle rolls off a production line somewhere in the UK every 20 seconds and we have just launched the Government's Automotive Industrial Strategy to help continue this success for years to come.

"I am delighted that Bentley will be building their new vehicle here, not only creating a thousand jobs, but safeguarding many more, as well as increasing training opportunities for highly skilled apprentices."

Dr Winterkorn said: "The Volkswagen Group believes in the UK as a competitive location for industrial production. Bentley fans all around the world are looking forward to the brand's first SUV. Together we will make this new Bentley another true Bentley – powerful, exclusive and successful."

Business Secretary Vince Cable said: "This is a welcome commitment to the UK from a major international car maker. Our automotive industrial strategy proves this government's commitment to working with world-class companies like Bentley to create jobs and promote exports.

"Bentley was the first firm I visited as a government minister and serves as a real example of high value manufacturing. They export more than four out of every five cars they make in the UK to the rest of the world."

Bentley's Chairman and Chief Executive, Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, added: "This is excellent news for Bentley and for the UK. Bentley is increasingly successful and this new fourth model line will leverage the success of the global SUV market. The support of everyone involved with the Company has been fundamental to this decision, which will ensure sustainable growth for the company."

The SUV will be a thoroughbred Bentley true to the brand hallmarks of luxury, performance, quality and craftsmanship. 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 response from customers to a Bentley SUV has been extremely positive in the last 16 months.


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      mary.keana
      • 1 Year Ago
      They got to get rid of those cat anus inspired headlights
        Gladtobehere
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mary.keana
        I wasn't going to look at the pictures, but after reading a comment like that, of course I was compelled... Interesting observation Mary... :-) However, what caught my eye was the gas gauge, showing 357 K on half a tank? How big is that tank for a tank like that? Tank you.
      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      Eh. Will and Kate get the first one. In blue.
      D Williams
      • 1 Year Ago
      Type your comment hereBentley or not, it will need good dynamics and refinement but above all a presence and capability to match or better the Range Rover to sell. A diesel engine for Europe and the capability to legally tow 3.5 tons or more [where allowed] are also a must. If it can't walk the walk as well as talk the talk it will be a flop in my not so humble opinion.
      sp33dklz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Except for a few interior bits and the exterior's lighting elements, the EXP 9 was extremely close to production ready. I think they were guaging final public interest when they revealed this "Concept". When the public lashed out, they scrapped it. Just look at the interior, the body panels, door handles, mirrors, everything is in place and looks production ready. Thank god it tanked.
      Rochester
      • 1 Year Ago
      One of the downsides of not being able to afford this car is that you don't have the opportunity to not buy it.
      Jai
      • 1 Year Ago
      At the end of the day it will still be a Volkswagen SUV underneath
        usa1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jai
        Yes, but it's not hurting Porsche with the Cayenne.
      dss10
      • 1 Year Ago
      Every time a luxury/high performance manufacture confirms that they will be making a new high priced SUV a kitten dies.... Shooting brakes, station wagons, or what every you would like to call them are ok but so few people need SUV\'s, let alone luxury ones, except to bully smaller cars in traffic and take up too much parking and fuel. If you lived in Montana, Wyoming, or West Texas and bought one of these you might just want to get a giant red \"A\" tattooed on your forehead so everyone would know youre an A-hole. Now Saudi Arabia or even russia you might be able to rationalize buy one of these but in the EU, north America and the rest of the developed world these SUV\'s make no sense whatsoever.... Unless your a.....
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dss10
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          dss10
          • 1 Year Ago
          Going to get that tattoo after your done with your coffee.......?
      Jason
      • 1 Year Ago
      I see many Russians lining up for this
      M5_4_life
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm only buying this if it comes with an umbrella!
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      Sasha
      • 1 Year Ago
      Haha Bentley ******* sucks.
      Gernn Blanston
      • 1 Year Ago
      For those that love their Bentley, but really need something more ostentatious and more pointless.
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