Bentley’s latest debut was its first production crossover – the Bentley Bentayga. Priced from £160,200 in the UK, the Bentayga is set to reach dealerships in early 2016, and will be followed by an array of new and all-new models.
Among the new models, the first will be the brand’s flagship saloon Mulsanne. Priced currently from £229,360 in the UK, the ultimate luxury saloon will receive a mid-cycle facelift at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March, says a report from Automobile.
During an interview with the publication at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show (2015 IAA), Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer, said that the facelift will bring a number of changes, including a squarer front fascia, tweaked headlamps, a wider and more upright grille, and three rectangular air intakes in the bumper. Mulsanne will get new derivatives too.
“Wait for the next motor shows to come and what we have to announce, but I can tell you that we are taking close care about the Mulsanne,” Mr. Durheimer said. “Mulsanne will get further derivatives, and we are going to enlarge this beautiful flagship model line.”
One of those derivatives would the convertible version which will based on the Bentley Grand Convertible concept that was unveiled at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Mr. Durheimer confirmed that Bentley dealers are already taking orders for the convertible version and it can be expected to debut at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show and reach dealerships in early 2017.
Coming to completely redesigned models, Bentley would introduce the next-gen Continental range later this decade. According to the report, the next-gen Continental GT, Continental GTC, and Continental Flying Spur would arrive between 2017 and 2019. The all-new Continental models will be based on the Volkswagen Group’s MSB platform. Engine options will include 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 and 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 units.
Mr. Durheimer also revealed plans for production of the Bentley EXP10 Speed 6 concept. He suggested that wherever the concept has been shown around the world, it has received a very strong response. “Don’t ask us, just do it”, customers say. The CEO said that the company is working on the business case for the concept’s production and plans to present it once the Bentayga goes on sale early next year.
The production version of the EXP10 Speed 6 concept is planned to be launched in 2019, with a convertible version following it in 2020. The last year of the decade would also see arrival of the all-new Continental GT3 and facelifted Bentayga. Lastly, we may also see a BMW X3-rival, the report suggests. While Bentley enthusiasts may criticise the idea, a smaller crossover would help the brand cater to a whole new segment of customers and increase its sales significantly.