Bentley officials have approved the production for a four-door coupe, which will be released to the market in 2018. Just days ago, Bentley announced that it was scrapping the Mulsanne Convertible. CAR reports that Bentley’s lineup will have several changes.
The addition of a four-door coupe is the most significant change. This coupe is targeted to be Bentley’s top-selling model and has a starting price of about 125,000 EUR (up to 150,000 EUR).
It will be built on Volkswagen Group's MSB platform, which will appear in the next Porsche Panamera due in 2015. Bentley will use its own styling and interior. Meanwhile, the engine lineup will consist of V6 gasoline and diesel engines.
There may still be many changes before 2018 but Bentley aims to create a rival for cars like the Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG and the BMW M6 GranCoupe so it’s possible that such a model will be made sooner or later. Before this happens, Bentley will launch an SUV in 2015, equipped with a 12-cylinder engine with an output of up to 650 bhp (485 kW).
It will be built on the same platform used for the next-generation Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne and Lamborghini Urus. Bentley’s top executives have reportedly approved the car's design which will be totally different from the controversial EXP 9 F concept.
The next-gen Mulsanne will come out in 2020 and will be offered upmarket to be more competitive against the Rolls-Royce Phantom. The all-new Mulsanne is expected to be priced higher. It has phased out the V8 6.75-liter engine but it will be available with four-wheel drive and W12 engines.