The controversial Bentley SUV looks set to enter production within three years, according to reports that the firm is close to signing off the final design of the car.

In the first official confirmation that Bentley is going ahead with the SUV, CEO Wolfgang Schreiber confirmed that it will look more like the rest of Bentley’s vehicles than the EXP 9F concept car from the 2012 Geneva motor show.

Schreiber, talking to Automotive News, said that car was not built as a styling exercise but to see how the market reacted to the idea of a Bentley SUV.

“If you saw the styling, you would say, ‘That is a real Bentley,’” said Schreiber. He also said the SUV will use a V8, with the possibility of a W12 engine as an option.

The car will share a platform with the next Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne. The car’s shell will be built in Europe, with final assembly taking place in Crewe.