Bentley’s product strategy team has given the go signal for the Falcon, its new SUV model. It will get a totally new design by Luc Donckerwolke, who was recently given the task to head the Flying B. The VW Group has put on hold its other pending luxury-car projects for a minimum of 12 months.
The models that were delayed include the Bentley Azure convertible, the Lamborghini Urus SUV, and the Bugatti Galibier sedan. On the other hand, Audi gave the go-signal to the Q8 high-end SUV. The coupe-like crossover is based on the long-wheelbase edition of the MLB platform that underpins the next-generation Audi Q7/Porsche Cayenne/VW Touareg.
It had such a good performance in clinic surveys that the marketing people have become optimistic that it will be able to increase the annual production volume estimate to 25,000 units. What will be the future of the A8 sedan has yet to be finalized. It’s possible that it would be either a sportier standard-wheelbase car with a more luxurious long-wheelbase derivative or a long-wheelbase model accompanied with a four-seat A9 coupe.
Those who are planning the products at Ingolstadt prefer option no. 2. Even if the A9 would only have sales of 3000 to 5000 units annually, a halo car is expected to give the brand a much-needed boost. It would be somewhat more affordable to build and it would go well with the model offerings that obviously favor the long-wheelbase A8 over the standard-wheelbase car, which is very similar to the A6L available in major markets such as China.