Bentley Planning 5-Door Coupe, SUV and Entry-Level Grand Tourer

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Bentley Planning 5-Door Coupe, SUV and Entry-Level Grand Tourer
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Bentley has bold plans to expand its vehicle range in the future, adding three all new models to its lineup.

The green light hasn’t been given to any new products yet, but according to a report by AutoCar, Bentley’s new CEO (and the former head of R&D at Porsche) has indicated the three new products will be derived from Porsche platforms.

First up will be a 5-door coupe based on the next-generation Panamera platform and offering a more sporty alternative to Flying Spur buyers, while delivering more practicality than a Continental GT. It will get a version of the current twin-turbo W12 engine delivering a solid 600-hp. Bentley’s new V8 is also a candidate and a diesel engine hasn’t been ruled out.

Following this model will be the rumored Cross Continental, an SUV based on the Cayenne but costing significantly more and with a serious focus on the ultimate in luxury.

Finally, a new grand-tourer is being considered that would take on the Mercedes SL63 and Maserati Gran Turismo and undercut the rest of the Bentley range significantly when it comes to price.

Adding these three new models, Bentley will look to top the 10,000 mark in annual vehicle deliveries and protect against future economic uncertainty.

Don’t expect to see anything soon, however, with the next Panamera not due out until 2013.

[Source: AutoExpress]

  • Steve R

    If Bentley does this and creates more entry level models and kills the exclusivity of the brand, I will never purchase another Bentley again. Not like I have had a million of them, but I have bought 3, including 2 Continental models, which I feel are already too affordable and plentiful on the roads.

  • Jerome D Sayles

    I drive the new 2012 Bentley GT. The car is outstanding in every respect. I am in love…

    If this car a bit more room in the back seat, four doors and one more orifice, I would indeed marry it.

    Bentley needs a four door coupe…

    Jerome D…

  • survivor of jds

    Interersting use of the term orifice. Considering everyone who you threw in the street while burning your company to the ground on your way to your Bentley views you as a huge orifice

  • survivor of jds

    I am so sorry for the aforementioned post. I was disappointed in myself as to the failure of your company you entrusted me to lead and I failed miserably. Please accept this apology. I am the orifice for not facing you like a man… I’m sorry, it was I who acted selfishly entitled… You cared for your employees to the end with a generous severance package for which I am grateful.

  • survivor of jds

    I am so sorry for the aforementioned post. I was disappointed in myself as to the failure of your company you entrusted me to lead and I failed miserably. Please accept this apology. I am the orifice for not facing you like a man… I’m sorry, it was I who acted selfishly entitled… You cared for your employees to the end with a generous severance package for which I am grateful.

  • jam

    wow!! holy bad guess batman!!
    @survivor thanks for pointing me here but really, it’s nothing new under the sun. I will talk to you more about next month when I see you
    @jds (or whoever) really!?!?!? LOL…