Bentley SUV could arrive next month

Bentley is aiming for a Geneva unveiling of its new luxury SUV.

Bentley will reportedly use next month's Geneva Motor Show to reveal its long-anticipated SUV model. The Geneva show is scheduled to kick off on March 6.

Likely to be unveiled as a concept car in Geneva, the production version of the Bentley SUV will ride on a variation of the platform that underpins the Audi Q7. Although the Q7 is best-suited for on-road duties, insiders have revealed to Autoweek that the yet-to-be-named Bentley SUV will have "legitimate off-road capability."

Power for the Bentley SUV will be provided by the Continental's 6.0L W12 engine. That powerplant is good for 567 horsepower under the hood of the Continental, but could be tweaked to produce more than 600 horsepower for the SUV.

Bentley was originally targeting a 2015 launch of the SUV, but the Geneva unveiling could be a signal that the Range Rover-rival will arrive earlier than expected. Whenever the SUV finally does hit Bentley dealerships, expect a price tag of at least $240,000.