Speaking at a recent press event, Bentley CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer revealed the company will soon decide whether or not to produce an ultra-luxury crossover.
Bentley CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer has revealed the company will soon decide whether or not to produce an ultra-luxury crossover.
Speaking at a recent press event, the executive confirmed a decision will come later this quarter and he expects the model will be approved. As we have previously reported, the crossover could have coupe-like styling and a bespoke four- or five-seat interior. If it is green-lighted, it could be launched in 2014 or 2015 and offer a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8, a next-generation W12 and a V12 TDI.
Besides talking about the crossover, Duerheimer said "I can well imagine a new two-seater coupe, a racing version and a car with a new roof system." The latter part is intriguing and could hint at a hardtop convertible.
Regardless, Bentley sales were up 37% to 7003 units in 2011 thanks to strong demand in the United States, China and Germany. As Duerheimer noted, "We want that success to continue and, with a new Continental V8 set to attract new customers in 2012, have ambitious but realistic plans."