Bentley is not exactly a company known for its environmental credentials. Sure, it recently cut its water usage down by over a third, and given the relatively small number of vehicles it produces, the British firm's overall impact on the environment may be negligible compared to mass-market rivals. And of course, its affluent customers are hardly likely to feel the pinch of rising fuel costs, so Bentley's idea of engine downsizing has been going from twelve cylinders to eight.

That will all change with the launch of its first SUV, previewed by the controversial EXP 9 F concept and expected to be called Falcon. To hear Auto Express tell it, the luxo-ute is being designed from the get-go to incorporate a plug-in hybrid powertrain, slated to go on sale a year after the conventional version arrives late in 2015 or early 2016. But that's just the tip of the iceberg which Bentley is trying to help keep from melting.

Following the Falcon, other Bentleys are slated to get PHEV systems as well. It'll just take a while. That's because current models like the Continental and Mulsanne were never designed to incorporate PHEV powertrain systems in the first place. So while they may get them in the long run, their integration will likely have to wait until their replacements arrive.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 50 Comments
      HollywoodF1
      • 11 Months Ago
      "Let's make a big, SUV-shaped parody of our sedan" "I get that the rich soccer moms won't care what it looks like, but what could we do to make it look better?" "I know-- 25" DeLorean wheels. Perfect. Put it into production" --What?
      Charles Milsaps
      • 11 Months Ago
      Ever since this porcine pyre first poked it’s hideous head, I’ve been waiting for the proprietors at Wolfsburg to head down to Crewe and put a halt to this katastrophe. I don’t think this is what the Bentley boys had in mind to keep the marque’s high performance reputation alive. NO matter how many times, from any angle, I try to find some beauty in this busty barouche, I just can’t find it. No matter, this lux-o-lorry isn’t for the commoners in the colonies. It’s fashioned for the Emperors in the East and Sheiks of the burning sands Take a good look here, or avert your fragile glare, for you aren’t likely to see many of these rolling around here anytime soon, bar a music video.
      Beardinals
      • 11 Months Ago
      Not generally a fan of Bently design, but they put ALL of their bad in this one.
      bK
      • 11 Months Ago
      Looks dated already
      Swordfish
      • 11 Months Ago
      This could be used to make the new Griswald Family Truckster for Vacation.
      jonnybimmer
      • 11 Months Ago
      This or a Range Rover and savings of at least $100k? Hmmm... that's a toughie. /s
      bullitt2605
      • 11 Months Ago
      You have to give the designers credit, ugly like this doesn't just happen you have to work at it.
      NewTexian Brewery
      • 11 Months Ago
      The ugly... it burns.
      jmi2
      • 11 Months Ago
      i was like "eh" until the drop down bar/service in the back & the laptop 'table'. then i got a little interested. it really is ugly compared to the other Bentleys
      Technoir
      • 11 Months Ago
      Looks just like the Q7 with a fugly bodykit.
      Gregg Alley
      • 11 Months Ago
      Those rear fenders... WTF?
      BG
      • 11 Months Ago
      Wow, and I thought that little Buick CUV trucklet (see 3 or 4 articles above) was absurd. Now this thing??
    • Load More Comments
    Advertisement
    2014 Bentley Flying Spur
    MSRP: $200,500 - $200,500
    2013 Bentley Continental Supersports
    MSRP: $291,900 - $291,900
    2011 Bentley Mulsanne
    MSRP: $285,000 - $285,000