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    The Twelve-Cylinder Engine for the Upcoming SUV
    The Twelve-Cylinder Engine for the Upcoming SUV

    It's rather obvious that the sport-utility vehicles require big engines, but for some reason no twelve-cylinder engines are offered for the U.S. market. While the only offerings come from such mainstream automaker, as Volkswagen, Audi keeps on offering the Q7 with its V12, which is a diesel though. As for other automakers, there was Lamborghini who featured the V12, but that hasn't been around since the early 90s.

    Bentley's upcoming SUV is expected to share its underpinnings with the Porsche Cayenne with no V12 there, unlike in crossover from Crewe. As stated by sources which quoted Bentley CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer, the vehicle will receive a new version of the W-12 engine in the Continental range. Another engine which could be found under the Bentley's hood is the Q7's V12 TDI, and it would be the first time for the Flying B marque.

    Bentley's upcoming SUV will be launched in 2015. Being set to roll out with a 12-cylinder petrol engine, the model is expected to satisfy the automaker's luxury ambitions. As reported by autocacr, the company is to fight for primacy in the luxury world, featuring powerplant as a potential W12 unit's future generation, found in the Continental range.

    In order to realize the plan regarding the SUV, Bentley replaced its chief engineer, Elrich Eichhorm with Rolf Frech who comes from Porsche. Being a part of Cayenne development department, the new chief brings a complex experience on the field.

    Bentley Considers Adding SUV, 5-Door Coupe to Its Range
    Bentley Considers Adding SUV, 5-Door Coupe to Its Range

    Bentley has been mulling the expansion of its range for some time now, but the company is moving away from an idea of building an entry-level vehicle, according to recent reports in the automotive press.

    Instead, Bentley is more likely to to stick to upmarket segment as the balance of performance and luxury have historically been the company’s strong points. Thus, a 5-door coupe and an SUV are the most likely contenders for joining expensive sedans produced with the Bentley badge.

    The 5-door coupe is expected to borrow some cues from the Porsche Panamera and is going to be developed as a blend of Flying Spur and Continental GT. Among the engine possibilities are a twin-turbo W12 generating around 600-hp, a V8 and a diesel.

    As for the highly anticipated Bentley SUV, it’s believed to be called Cross Continental and expected to be based on the Cayenne. The concept is now firmly on the project map of Bentley's new chief Wolfgang Durheimer, formerly of Porsche. Critically, Durheimer was in charge of the vital product planning decisions at Porsche, when the Cayenne was added to Porsche’s then two-model family of 911 and Boxter. The Cayenne investment proved its value and with a new SUV Bentley hopes to repeat its success. SUV segment is less vulnerable to fashion-related sales swings than sportscars and coupes. As a result, Bentley expects to attract new customers and become more immune to downturns in the market.

    The first of the two models to reach the market is the coupe, which is rumored to be launched soon after the debut of the new Panamera, due in 2013.