Bentley Considering Compact SUV to Follow Bentayga
The production Bentley Bentayga hasn’t even made its debut and the British automaker is already considering another SUV model.
The British automaker’s engineering head, Rolf Frech, has confirmed that a compact SUV is under consideration, but no decision has been made yet. The idea of a smaller SUV to slot underneath the upcoming Bentayga is attractive to Bentley because the new MSB architecture from the Volkswagen Group, that is underpinning the next Continental GT and new Speed 6, can be easily adapted for a crossover. It’s also no secret that the crossover and SUV segment is growing at a rapid pace and even Bentley CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer acknowledged that it is “expanding three times faster than the market as a whole.”
There’s also the possibility that Bentley will go the route of the BMW X4/X6 and even the new Mercedes crossovers – that is, a crossover style with a coupe-like design. If the project does get the green light, expect Bentley to use smaller and more fuel-efficient powerplants for the model such as a supercharged or turbocharged V6 and a twin-turbo V8. For now, Bentley is focusing on putting the Bentayga into production so that it can go on sale in 2016.
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