Powered by dark energy (probably), the all-new Bentley SUV is almost here

Streaking out of a sandstorm might seem like on odd setting for a bespoke British SUV. Consider, though, that Bentley likely plans to sell a ton of these things in the Middle East and the force-of-nature unveiling seems rather relevant.

We’ve been reporting on rumors of a Bentley SUV for a while now. Finally, the next best English 4×4 has been confirmed. From what we’ve heard so far, the Bentley SUV could be a diesel or it could even be a hybrid. Both powertrains would make sense, as Bentley’s parent company, Volkswagen AG, is rather keen on both.

Although we can’t see much, we know two things: 1.) The forthcoming and yet-unnamed Bentley SUV will look pretty much like you imagine. 2.) It’ll be a big, bossy, heft of a thing that will float like its weightless and hammer up hills like it’s powered by dark energy.

Bentley plans to sell 3000 of its new SUVs each year. Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber, Chairman and Chief Executive at Bentley Motors, commenting at a press conference in London, said of the SUV, “It will create a completely new segment in the SUV market.”

When will the full meal deal be unveiled? We’re not sure. We’re hoping for the 2014 New York Auto Show. We’ll be on the ground in New York next month and reporting live. Should something come to light before then, we’ll be sure to bring it to you. So check back often.

Get our Top Stories delivered to your inbox: