Bentley has announced it has started work on a smaller SUV and a new sportscar as a move to increase total sales to approximately 25,000 units annually.

Bentley has announced it has started work on a smaller SUV and a new sportscar as a move to increase total sales to approximately 25,000 units annually.

Now that the Bentayga is out and about, Bentley is ready to focus on expanding its lineup even further and the first of the bunch will be a smaller SUV likely to arrive in conceptual form in 2017 before reaching production a year later. With an estimated starting price of £120,000, the more compact high-riding model from Crewe will target a younger crowd with a more modern design and will be bigger than a Porsche Macan, but smaller than a Cayenne.

In terms of powertrain, the smaller SUV is expected to receive the usual V8 turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines along with a hybrid setup and quite possibly the newly developed 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 for a range-topping “Speed” version rated at 600 bhp (447 kW).

As for the other new entry in Bentley’s lineup, it will likely be a production variant of the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept shown earlier this year in Geneva. The Volkswagen-owned marque specifies it will be launched after the smaller crossover, so most likely it’s pinned for a 2020 launch.

Power will likely come from an adaptation of Audi’s twin-turbo V8 4.0-liter motor, but there could also be a pure electric AWD version with up to 500 bhp (373 kW) and a 500 km (310 miles) range. The latter is expected to achieve a top speed of around 200 mph (322 km/h) and will weigh approximately 2,000 kg (4,409 lbs) thanks to lighter battery packs.

These are more than just spicy rumors as the announcements were made by none other than Bentley’s chairman Wolfgang Dürheimer during a Bentayga driving event in Spain.

Source: Bentley via autocar.co.uk

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