The new Bentley will ride on the same platform as the Porsche Mission E.
Even though the Bentley Bentayga is one of the fastest, most luxurious SUVs on the market today, it hasn’t exactly been the big seller the British marque was hoping for. With a whopping $229,000 price tag, the company has sold less than 700 examples in the U.S. this year. Given the slow start, it seems Bentley may be backtracking on a rollout of even more SUVs.
According to Autocar, Bentley is ditching plans for a sub-Bentayga SUV in favor of a sports car, which is good news for enthusiasts. The new sports car will reportedly be completely electric, similar to the EXP12 Speed 6e concept shown this year at Geneva (pictured here), and will be the fifth model in the luxury automaker's lineup.
"What I can say is that a small SUV is no longer on the scheme," said CEO Wolfgang Durheimer at the Frankfurt Motor Show. "We’re favoring a car with a full electric powertrain."
The new sports car will share its platform with the upcoming Porsche Mission E, and will be larger than the EXP12 concept – expect many of the same design cues, though. Bentley was short on details as to the electric powertrain, but the instrument panel on the EXP12 concept suggested that the sports car could be capable of around 300 miles (482 kilometers), and will come paired to a four-wheel drive powertrain.
Gallery: Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e concept
"We intend to be the leader in electrification in the luxury segment," continued Durheimer. "We see that it fits into the Bentley scheme – low rev torque with seamless acceleration."
Along with the new electric sports car, Bentley will also introduce three new plug-in hybrid vehicles in the next few years. The Bentayga SUV will be the first to get the plug-in hybrid treatment, and will be followed shortly thereafter by the Continental and Flying Spur.