Bentley appears to be gearing up for a major product line update, and I don’t just mean its new Bentayga SUV.
According to Automobile Magazine, several new or redesigned models are in the works, including the introduction of a production-ready Grand Convertible (Mulsanne drop-top). The stately two-door convertible will reportedly debut at the LA Auto Show before going on sale in 2017.
Notably, the convertible will be based on a facelifted version of the Mulsanne that will bow at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. We can expect a redesigned front fascia, wider grille, and restyled headlights.
Also in 2017, Bentley will showcase an all-new Continental GT that will ride on the brand’s new MSB platform and will be powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 or a 6.0-liter W12 engine. Not long after, the Continental GT convertible and Flying Spur will join the ranks of refreshed models.
As we’ve previously reported, Bentley is strongly considering a production version of its EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept for a 2019 launch date. It would use a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 to make over 600 horsepower.
An Audi Q5-based crossover may also be developed sometime down the line. Considering the broad appeal of the Bentyaga SUV among Bentley customers, another high-riding model wouldn’t be such a bad idea.
Finally, Bentley has hinted that a halo supercar may be in the works to celebrate the automaker’s 100th anniversary in 2019. The vehicle would rival other million-dollar models like the McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari, Porsche 918 Spyder, and Pagani Huayra.
By 2020, Bentley hopes to not only expand its sales beyond the present 12,000 units per year, but to offer a unique luxury product in each major market segment. Let’s hope the brand can remain exclusive enough in the process.