Bentley SUV To Inherit 'Lightweight' Platform


With the VW Group's next large SUV platform to spawn a top-end Bentley (as VW's Crewe offshoot guns for 30,000 sales a year) you might be forgiven for expecting the next Q7, Cayenne (and whatever the Bentley is called) to be a bit of a biffer.

But weight loss is key to efficiency, and the next Q7 is set to lose up to 300kg (or about the weight of two very large fellows) thanks to the use of Audi-developed aluminium spaceframe technology.

That should peg the Audi at a smidgen over two tonnes. Its Porsche and Bentley siblings, meanwhile, could save around 200kg using the same underpinnings.

So while we can hardly call them light weight, at least the kerb weight seems to be going in the right direction. But as for the reports currently doing the rounds that the Bentley SUV will get a V8 turbodiesel, we'll leave it up to you lot as to what you think about that...

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  • thewheelman 12 Aug 2011

    From day one i've not liked the direction VW have been taking Bentley. No doubt profits are up, which is great for them. But the image has suffered somewhat. From a brand that used to ooze class, it now shouts chav with a bit of money. No doubt this'll be in rap videos & the car park of premiership footballers training grounds.

    Edited by thewheelman on Friday 12th August 13:01

  • Bill Carr 12 Aug 2011

    What a car for our times.

  • J4CKO 12 Aug 2011

    Just what the world needs at the moment, a Bentley badged Q7, for those who find the Q7 that bit too small and inoffensive biggrin


  • PhilboSE 12 Aug 2011

    I'll probably buy that (V8 diesel Bentley). There isn't a real premium car in the 7-seater category, the Q7 is as good as it gets but something with a plusher interior wouldn't go amiss. The current V8 diesel pulls even the 2.5 tonne Q7 around quite well (though it can't get 30mpg under almost any conditions); a more powerful/eco version of the same engine with 300kg-400kg less to haul around would be much nicer still.

  • PhilboSE 12 Aug 2011

    J4CKO said:
    Just what the world needs at the moment, a Bentley badged Q7, for those who find the Q7 that bit too small and inoffensive biggrin
    Any car can be offensive. However, for those of us who regularly haul around a large family with luggage something like the Q7 is mandated. And if someone would like a more luxurious interior than a standard Audi, why shouldn't there be something available for us? When I was shopping for my 7-seater I bemoaned the fact that the premium manufacturers were missing a trick by not catering for that segment.

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