If you were asking if the Volkswagen-owned Bentley Motors Limited would be oeft from its parent company’s promise of rampant electrification, you should know it won’t.
Bentley isn’t too high and mighty to bounce onto the compact crossover bandwagon. Directors say that the luxury motorcar producer is playing with the idea of making a small all-electric SUV placed under the $229,100 Bentayga, in reputation anyway.
“We have clear indications that a smaller Bentayga as a Bentley SUV would find great acceptance.”
“I can assure you that Bentley — on the long term view — will not stay with one model only in the SUV lineup,” said Bentley’s CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer during the press launch of the Continental Supersports. “We have clear indications that a smaller Bentayga as a Bentley SUV would find great acceptance.”
Bentley’s board member on engineering said “If you are looking for such a car then we are looking at the combination with the possibilities to go full electric. It only makes sense if you get really new customers into the brand.”
Bentley already promised an potential plug-in hybrid option for every of its models, begining with the Bentayga SUV and ending with the Flying Spur. The old models will get a V6 PHEV powertrain from VW able for 500 hp, but the company has said it also wants to use a hybridized V8 — just for the North American market.
Keeping in mind that Volkswagen has promised to launch over two-dozen electric cars by 2025, Bentley didn’t completely left out of field it’s move toward additional electrification. Other VW sub-brands are working on all-electric cars as well. Lamborghini is planning to make a plug-in model of the upcoming Urus crossover, Audi is working on an e-tron SUV line, Porsche has said it would make the E Mission, maybe even a Cayenne prototype.
Bentley EV is supposed to be revealed in 2020, just after those cars are planed to arrive.