Luxury car maker boss confirms SUV model will sit above current top-spec offerings from other premium manufacturers

Bentley's long-awaited SUV will cost upwards of £130,000 when it goes on sale in two years' time.

Speaking to Autocar at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Bentley boss Wolfgang Dürheimer confirmed a price point above the £130k mark would sit well above current luxury SUV offerings from the likes of BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Land Rover.

"All of the current luxury SUVs, the BMW X5s, the AMG-powered Mercedes, the Range Rovers, they all end at around €160,000 (£128,208)," he said. "We aim to solve this problem".

Previously it was thought that pricing for the new model would start at around £200,000 – a point also mooted for Rolls-Royce's own luxury SUV model.

However, the price of Bentley's SUV is not likely to eclipse the £228,200 currently asked for the Mulsanne, as Bentley still wants to keep that as its halo model.

The Bentley SUV, for which the Crewe-based manufacturer is said to be targeting a top speed of 200mph, has been seen testing in production bodywork recently and also features the same digital dashboard display as the third-generation Audi TT.

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28 June 2014
I thought it would start around the £125k mark; I wasn't far off! There's a very exclusive little ultra-luxury SUV club forming. This, the Rolls-Royce rival, perhaps an even more expensive Range Rover derivative and there's still talk of that Lagonda off-roader from Aston Martin.

30 June 2014
For an Audi Q7???

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