Bentley SUV due in 2016; hopefully won’t be as ugly as EXP 9F concept

Bentley has confirmed that it will begin selling a large SUV in 2016, which will be the brand’s first production model that isn’t a sedan, coupe or convertible.

Bentley will invest around £800 million over the next three years to develop and produce the new SUV model, codenamed ‘Falcon’, as well as other new models and updates.

Purists and enthusiasts will no doubt be aghast at the news, as they were when Porsche decided to make the Cayenne SUV, but it seems inevitable that amongst the class of people who can afford a Bentley that the new SUV will be popular. And, just as importantly, the new SUV will likely prove to be a big money spinner for both Bentley and corporate parent Volkswagen.

Hopefully the new Bentley SUV won’t look anywhere near as hideous, ungainly or awkward as the Bentley EXP 9F concept car (above) that was exhibited at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Thanks to its awful design the EXP 9F attracted a lot of scorn from both fans and critics alike. So negative was the EXP 9F’s reception that Bentley has removed all but three images of the concept car from its media sites.

The new Bentley SUV will likely be based on the next generation Volkswagen Touareg/Porsche Cayenne. Time will tell whether the ‘Falcon’ SUV will feature the EXP 9F’s twin-turbo W12 engine, 23-inch alloy wheels, built-in dining set and fold-down tailgate.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]