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Taboos shattered as Bentley develops first diesel and SUV

Bentley, which is owned by Volkswagen Group, could use a diesel engine for the first time in its history in the SUV, which was recently confirmed for production – but will not try to challenge Range Rover for ultimate luxury off-road prowess.

We will investigate a diesel engine,” CEO Dr Wolfgang Schreiber confirmed at the Frankfurt Motor Show. “In that platform (the Bentley will share its underpinnings with the Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q7 and VW Touareg) a diesel engine will be implemented, anyway, so it could make sense. The numbers in Europe could be very high.”

Meanwhile, Rolls-Royce is reported to be also considering an SUV, following Bentley’s lead in the race to make the world’s most exclusive crossover.

“We are intensively thinking about entering the SUV segment,” Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes said in an interview at the Frankfurt Motor Show.