Bentley Looking to Expand its Lineup in the Coming Years
With Maybach out of the picture, it’s not surprising to hear that Bentley plans to expand its lineup and enter new segments. The first model to roll out looks like it will be a convertible version of the current Mulsanne. According to a report coming from Automotive News, if the model gets approved, it will hit the market sometime in 2015. In fact, we have already seen sketches of the Mulsanne Convertible in August 2012.
Next, there will be a new premium crossover priced at about $250,000. The new crossover will be built as a production version of the EXP 9 SUV Concept, and it will arrive on the market in 2016. Just like with all of Bentley’s future models, the new crossover will share its platform with other models from the crowded Volkswagen Group. In the case of the crossover, it will share a platform with Lamborghini, Audi and Porsche.
The last model to arrive will be a new-generation Bentley Continental. It will be built on the same platform as the Audi A8 and Porsche Panamera,and will be offered in the usual GT coupe, GTC convertible and Flying Spur sedan.
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The upcoming Bentley crossover was previewed by the EXP 9 SUV Concept unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. As the concept’s design was harshly criticized, the company opted for a more conventional look on the production vehicle.
While Bentley is trying to keep the secret on its new model, rumors suggest it will be powered by a twin-turbocharged V-8 engine as standard, but a W-12 engine will be offered as an option. Bentley said that its new model will be "the world’s most luxurious 4x4 SUV and targeting growing SUV markets like the U.S. and China."
The model was confirmed by the company, with sales set to begin in 2016.
Source: Automotive News