Yup, a Bentley four-door EV is officially in the works

Word has it that Bentley has given a four-door EV the green light for development and production, and it will serve as the brand’s flagship model once it finally arrives. The caveat to this statement is that the brand aims for it to be undeniably a Bentley at first glance and it must be a standalone model that isn’t based on any other model or concept produced by the brand thus far. That means it won’t be based on the EXP 12 Speed 6E Concept or the Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Coupe. Of course, Bentley is a member of the dirty VAG, so you can bet that it will ride on the J1 platform, the same guts that will power models like the Porsche Mission E and the Audi E-Tron GT that we informed you up just a couple of weeks ago.

Bentley’s Electric Future

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Well, at least it’s not an SUV. Those were the very first words uttered from the corner office here at Top Speed headquarters. And, rightfully so, even Bentley has jumped onto the SUV bandwagon with the Bentayga so it wouldn’t be surprising if the brand decided to throw a battery and some electric motors into that model. Instead, however, Bentley will at least build an all-new model for its first EV and new flagship model.

Stefan Sielaff, Bentley’s Design Director, confirmed these details to Auto Express, saying, “The next step for sure is an electric, unique Bentley that isn’t based on an existing car but a completely fresh and new development, with electric propulsion and obviously different proportions following the function. It gives us a great chance to establish a completely new design language for the company.”

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It should be a four or five-seater, and it should also have the possibility to carry a little bit of luggage, maybe not for five people

And, as you probably expect, Bentley’s new flagship will be a four-door, and it will, naturally, be billed as a “four-door coupe” because that’s the new trend these days it seems. As Sielaff put it, “We are still in the phase of trying to define what it could be,” he said. “But nevertheless I think it should be a vehicle that contains a certain coupe-style or sportivity, and also a certain elegance. I don’t think it should be something that is raised high, like an SUV.”

It won’t be a two-seater like the last EXP12 concept, though, as Bentley hopes to make it a four- or five-seater and have room for a bit of luggage.
“It should be a four or five-seater, and it should also have the possibility to carry a little bit of luggage, maybe not for five people. I think we need to make sure that this family member is obviously new, and not imitating another concept we have already in the portfolio. But definitely more than two seats; that’s something I am convinced of.”

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More importantly, however, is the overall design which will be a complete change compared to what we’re used to seeing

More importantly, however, is the overall design which will be a complete change compared to what we’re used to seeing. It will probably feature a much lower nose, and the dash will sit much closer to the front axle. All made possible because there’s not some massive fire-breather pinned above the axle. And, because the Porsche J1 platform used on the Mission E is the most likely candidate to underpin Bentley’s new flagship (it can’t be the upcoming PPE because that’s designed for high-riding vehicles) half of Bentley’s work is already done for it. It won’t be showing up at the New York Auto Show, and probably not the Paris Auto Show, but you can probably cast a bet that it will show its face before the turn of the decade, at least in concept form, anyway.

References

2020 Porsche Mission E Exterior Spyshots
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Read our full speculative review on the 2020 Porsche Mission E.

2015 Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Read our full review on the 2015 Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept.

2017 Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept High Resolution Exterior AutoShow
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Read our full review on the 2017 Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept.

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Source: Auto Express

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