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Bentley pledges to build new SUV in Britain

Date: 23/07/2013 13:46:13
Category: Car tracking
Author: David Howells

Bentley has announced it will be manufacturing its newest luxury car in Britain, ft.com reports.

The firm claimed that it would be entering the luxury SUV market with the creation of a new vehicle set to hit forecourts in 2016. Much of the work to bring this car to life will be undertaken at Bentley's British home in Crewe, after the VW-owned brand claimed it would be investing around £800 million into the plant over the coming years.

This would not only bring production of what's already being labelled "the most luxurious and most powerful SUV on the market" into Britain, but also create around a thousand new jobs.

It is thought the car's final design won't be too far a departure from the EXP 9 F Concept which first graced the public at the 2012 Geneva motor show. One thing that could be amended slightly is the car's styling, with sources reporting that it will be a little less "heavy handed" than the first iteration displayed at Geneva.

Whilst official data isn't set to be released for months, the SUV is expected to cost around £150,000 for even the most basic model, meaning that prospective buyers may be wise to get a vehicle tracking system to help with the car's security. It will feature an eight-speed automatic gear box and offer around 600bhp. There could also be a hybrid model available as well.

Speaking to bbc.co.uk of why the new Bentley will be built in Britain, VW chairman Martin Winterkorn explained: "The Volkswagen Group believes in the UK as a competitive location for industrial production.

"Together we will make this new Bentley another true Bentley - powerful, exclusive and successful."

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