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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.

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      • 1 Year 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
      • 1 Year 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.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not generally a fan of Bently design, but they put ALL of their bad in this one.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks dated already
      • 1 Year Ago
      This could be used to make the new Griswald Family Truckster for Vacation.
        LenTex Brewery
        • 1 Year Ago
        the design execs who signed off on that thing should be flogged, publicly.
      • 1 Year Ago
      This or a Range Rover and savings of at least $100k? Hmmm... that's a toughie. /s
      • 1 Year Ago
      You have to give the designers credit, ugly like this doesn't just happen you have to work at it.
      LenTex Brewery
      • 1 Year Ago
      The ugly... it burns.
      • 1 Year 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
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks just like the Q7 with a fugly bodykit.
      Gregg Alley
      • 1 Year Ago
      Those rear fenders... WTF?
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, and I thought that little Buick CUV trucklet (see 3 or 4 articles above) was absurd. Now this thing??
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