This Rendering Shows What the Facelifted 2021 Bentley Bentayga Should Look Like
Believe it or not, the Bentayga is Bentley’s best-selling model so it’s only natural for the British carmaker to allocate special attention to its luxury SUV, which is poised to see fruition once the facelifted Bentayga hits the market.
A couple of leaked images of the revised Bentayga pretty much ruined the element of surprise for Bentley as far as a reveal is concerned, but one visual artist believes the SUV would look better if it borrowed some styling cues from the Mulliner Bacalar drop-top.
This Rendering Proves The Bentley Mulliner Bacalar Should Have Been a Two-Door Coupe
Bentley wowed us all when it flooded the internet with images of the glorious Bacalar, an aggressive two-seater based on the current-generation Continental GTC with design strokes signed by Bentley’s famed coachbuilder Mulliner. Now, we’re getting a peek at how a coupe version might look but you should withstand the urge to throw money in Bentley’s general direction as this is merely an unofficial render.
From the ashes of the canceled 2020 Geneva Auto Show rose many models that were supposedly slated to make their debut in Switzerland and Bentley’s eye-catching Bacalar would’ve surely attracted every and all camera lenses. As it happens, a web reveal is all we got but, alas, we’ve been drooling at the $2 million roadster ever since we laid eyes on it so we do hope Bentley’s short-term plan includes a Bacalar with a fixed roof arching over the heads of the driver and his very special companion sitting in the passenger’s seat.
Do These Renderings Represent the Bentley of the Future?
If Bentley and coachbuilding were people like you and me, they would be inseparable best friends. Take the Bentley Mulliner Bacalar or the Continental GT Convertible Equestrian, for example – they are overly luxurious and highly custom thanks to Bentley’s Mulliner division. These examples show just how far Bentley will go to tailor its vehicles to customer desire, and with the whole automotive world shifting like never before, what does the future hold for a company like Bentley? Well, modular coachbuilding could become the next big thing, and automotive designer Joseph Robinson drew up a project to represent just that.
London’s Top Design Students Showcase The Bentley of 2050
In a collaboration with the Royal College of Art’s (RCA) Intelligent Mobility programme, Bentley Design team tasked design students with formulating thought-provoking designs of the future of British luxury. Under the byword ‘What will British luxury mean in 2050?’, 24 students submitted their designs showing the future of Bentley in the year 2050 and giving a unique opportunity to Bentley design team to assess the thinking behind the designs.
Bentley’s Design Director Stefan Sielaff, an alumnus of the RCA’s renowned Automotive Design programme, explained: “Bentley has always been at the forefront of automotive luxury, and with this collaboration, we asked millennial students for their vision of the future.
We wanted ideas and concepts that could potentially lead us in new and interesting directions, using the perspective of these digital natives – from all over the world – to see things differently. These second-year students are the ones who will be designing the cars of the future – the taste makers in training if you will. That’s why the results of the challenge are so exciting.”
Bentley and the RCA Team Up to Sketch the Future of Elegant Motoring
Bentley, one of the world’s most sophisticated and luxurious marques, has collaborated with second-year design students from the Royal College of Arts (RCA) to envision its future. The students were asked, "What will British luxury mean in 2050?" Out of the 24 responses, four were selected by the lecturers at the college and the Bentley Design Team.
When Bentley revealed the oddly named EXP 9 F Concept SUV, some of us cheered out of delight, but many almost cringed at its gaudy appearance. To call a Bentley gaudy is like calling most pop singers “Divas;” it’s pretty much a given. But the EXP 9 F was a little over the top – to say the least.
In a recent interview, Bentley spokesperson, Martin Broomer, made reference to the possibility of the EXP 9 F undergoing a bit of a redesign before it is re-revealed around the end of 2012. Bentley made it clear that the EXP 9 F was a show car and not a “dressed-up preproduction car,” which means it will likely be scaled down a bit in production.
We’ll see exactly how far Bentley takes this revision to this controversial concept. We do know that Bentley won’t strip it of the typical over-the-top design of its vehicles, but it does need some mild adjustments.
For now, all we can do is sit and wait until Bentley feeds us a little information on what it has in store for its debut SUV. One thing is for sure, this tweaking is a solid indicator that this is a little more than just another concept; Bentley is serious about jumping into the ultra-premium SUV segment.