NURBURGRING, Gerrmany - Bentley's new crossover SUV has been photographed testing here wearilng a disguised production body and resembling an odd mash-up of the Continental GT and EXP 9 F concept.
FIRST BENTLEY SUV: Luxury automaker Bentley was testing its new crossover SUV at the iconic Nurburgring circuit in Germany. Image: Automedia
We're glad styling cues derived from the EXP 9 F concept have been toned down - the prototype has thick padding that attempts to hide its curves.
The crossover will have a digital instrument cluster and circular air vents protruding from the top of the facia. Expect a dual-cockpit layout with plenty of wood trim and metallic accents.
IMAGE GALLERY: 2014 Bentley SUV
Bentley has been relatively quiet about specifications but the car will ride on parent VW Group's MLB Evo platform (to underpin the next Audi Q7 and VW Touareg as well) and is expected to be offered with a twin-turbo, four-litre, V8 and, possibly, the automaker’s six-litre W12.
The British luxury brand has also confirmed plans for a plug-in hybrid variant in 2017. Bentley reports that 4000 SUV units are expected to roll off the production line at its factory in Crewe, England.