Bentley preparing a four-door coupe for 2018

Article by Christian A., on September 25, 2013

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.

Bentley’s design of the new Mulsanne is a singular combination of athleticism, coach-built sophistication, and sturdiness.

Resonating Bentley’s S-Type from the 1950s, the Mulsanne has a forthright front design dictated by the classic Bentley matrix grille and extremely pronounced, traditionally rounded inner head lights with chrome highlights, surrounded by two, smaller outer light clusters, all boasting the latest light technology. The signature 'Flying B' telescopic radiator mascot is an available option.

The elongated hood, compact overhang in front, and long overhang in the rear aid in conveying a feeling of motion and strength, fortified by strong flanks and sharp, sculpted outlines flowing elegantly from the front to the back. Exclusively engineered 20” wheels (and optional 21”) confirm the Mulsanne's strong, sporty posture.

Dirk van Braeckel, the design director, describes the stimulus for the Bentley Mulsanne's distinct look as a unique opportunity to create a new Bentley flagship, one that few designers get a chance to do. The team endeavoured to conceive a sculptured shape that combined traditional Bentley motifs with contemporary lines that let the marque advance assuredly into the new century.

The body is constructed in an all-new production facility at Bentley's Crewe headquarters where classic metalworking expertise, cultivated over sixty years, is still applied considerably over the nine-week building progression. It is completely contrary to volume-production vehicle construction, but it is the very embodiment of Bentley.

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