Bentley may be planning to get more out of its upcoming Bentayga SUV than previously expected. It looks like the brand plans to follow up a few things based on this platform shortly after the 4×4 comes to market.
The folks at Top Gear magazine caught up with Bentley CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer and asked if the luxury automaker has any plans to make a “coupe” variant of the Bentayga; something that would be on par with the BMW X6.
I could imagine we go in a similar direction,” Dürheimer said. “The SUV segment offers a lot of possibilities for derivatives. They go from long-wheelbase versions to two-door SUVs… or convertibles.”
It’s that last suggestion that probably gives everyone reason to pause. Apart from the much maligned Nissan Murano Cross Cab, there aren’t many manufacturers willing to drop the top of their utility vehicles.
“I know what I’m talking about,” he said, possibly in response to the silent stares he’d received. “… because I built an SUV convertible in the past, in another company. We drove it at night-time only.”
Maybe he’s on to something. Range Rover has recently teased us with a production model of a convertible Evoque, so it’s not crazy to surmise that going topless is the next trend for luxury SUVs and crossovers.
Beyond the possible conversion of the Bentayga, Dürheimer eked out a few details about what to expect from the upcoming luxury people mover. “I think we can have a crossover made out of a Bentley SUV that will be very attractive, and incorporate the usability of a Bentagya… and the styling of a EXP 10 Speed 6,” hopefully hinting that the final product will look less than a swollen Mulsanne and more of an original design. Whatever Bentley has in store for us, we’re eager to see it.