Bentley to Unveil "Exciting" New Model at the Geneva Motor Show
What could it be?by Ciprian Florea, on
British automaker Bentley just revealed its lineup for the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, and it seems we will be seeing a new model make its global debut in March. The firm had nothing to say about this "exciting new model," but it did mention that it will be showcased alongside the recently introduced Continental GT, Bentayga V8, and new leathers and veneers from the Mulliner division. So what could it be?
Don’t Expect Anything Spectacular
I'm positive that it will be new version of an existing model, most likely from the Continental GT or the Bentayga family
With no hints whatsoever, there are many possibilities to consider. Although Bentley describes this model as "exciting" and "new," it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be a brand-new car. I’m pretty positive that it will be a new version of an existing model, most likely from the Continental GT or the Bentayga family.
The GTC sounds like a good option. The third-generation Continental GT arrived at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, and it’s quite common for automakers to launch the convertible version some six months later. Another GT-based version could be the Flying Spur sedan. The four-door was spotted testing many times recently, and an official unveiling isn’t out of the question. On the other hand, the current Flying Spur is only five years old, and the consensus is that it should be around for a couple more years. But maybe Bentley wants to shorten the life cycle of its models, which would move it closer to more mainstream carmakers.
Another option would be to see the much-anticipated hybrid version of the Bentley Bentayga or the Mulsanne-based Grand Convertible that Bentley confirmed for limited production series in late 2017. Finally, Bentley could unveil a production version of the sleek Speed 6 sports car concept, but this isn’t very likely if you ask me.
What Else Will We See?
The Bentley booth will have four models in addition to the new release. The Brits will showcase a pair of Continental GT coupes, one of which will most likely feature some Mulliner goodies. The third car will be the new Bentayga V8, while the fourth will be the current Flying Spur sedan. However, the four-door won’t be a mundane model, as Bentley will use it to introduce a few new features from the Mulliner division. The W12 model will have new aniline leather with unique Golden Oak hide with a "distinct texture and natural grain" for enhanced comfort. It will also include new open-pore Walnut veneer with three thin, hand-applied layers of lacquer.
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