British brand, owned by Volkswagen, has taken the decision to develop a new model in connection with the care of a sedan Mulsanne.
In the model range Bentley to date, only one model in the segment of SUV is the SUV Bentayga. It was created based on the concept EXP 9 F, presented in 2012. The production version was launched in 2015. Now, five years later, the English company started talking about developing a new crossover that promises to take the place of the flagship.
About plans to release new models in the SUV segment according to British Autocar, citing General Director Adrian Hallmark. He explained that now the visible “gaps” of the brand in the appropriate “space”. According to a top Manager, it also means that the current single crossover Bentayga may receive a new version.
Not surprisingly, the company gradually shifts the focus to the off-road segment, because the Bentayga already noticeably changed the volume of sales of the brand. According to the publication, at the end of 2019 at a fraction of the crossover had 47% of the total sales of the brand (that is, almost half of all Bentleys sold). Note, the Europeans last year bought 3363 car brand, which is 7.3% more than the year before.
Adrian hallmark explained that the new crossover must fill in “price space” of the outgoing Mulsanne flagship sedan. In the beginning of this year there was information that the company has announced the final version 6.75 Edition of this model. Then, it was reported that after leaving the Mulsanne is the flagship of the brand will go the “chetyrehdverki” Flying Spur on the platform of the Porsche, the car was presented last summer.
While the company believes that the location of the Mulsanne sedan should take a SUV because, according to observations, the interest of many buyers of luxury cars have moved from sports cars to crossovers. He explained that 20 years ago the company was sold for 1,5-2 thousand four-door cars, but now their total number has decreased to approximately 1 thousand In the future, the figure could be reduced to 400-600 instances per year. It makes unprofitable costly development of new sedans (as well as spending to cars corresponded regularly tightens the emissions requirements).
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Yet the top Manager did not disclose even the approximate date of the presentation of the new crossover Bentley. No timing of the emergence of new versions of the SUV Bentayga. About what kind of “stuffing” will receive future flagship SUV of the brand will be known later. Likely, the car will be plug-in hybrid, because earlier the company promised that by 2023, such a power plant will have all models of the brand. We will remind, the first hybrid installation got crossover Bentayga. In based on “byturbulence” volume of 2.9 liters. The cumulative effect of the system is 449 HP, maximum torque of 700 Nm. Capacity Li-ion battery is equal to 17.3 kWh, range in electric mode – 39 km. From standstill to “hundreds” of this SUV accelerates in 5.5 seconds and its top speed is 254 km/h.
Note, not only is the Bentley of luxury brands, is betting on the SUV segment. So, in the late fall of 2019 its first crossover was presented by Aston Martin. And last month it became known about plans to develop new versions of DBX. So, the SUV may receive a seven-seat version, and a version with kupeobrazny body and a more sporty appearance. The company expects to 2021 to reach the level of sales of 4 thousand crossovers a year.