Bentley will expand its product lineup with several new models, CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer announced at the Frankfurt auto show. Electrification is a major priority at Bentley, Dürheimer said, and he hinted at fully electric models to be launched in the future. But before that, the third-generation Continental GT (above) will be available as a plug-in hybrid, as will the Bentayga SUV.
Bentley also is considering new body variations of existing models. A sporty four-door version of the Continental GT is conceivable, which would be called the Continental Type R. And Bentley is considering a long-wheelbase variant of the Bentayga as well as a coupe version because, well, ever since BMW’s X6, less-utilitarian SUVs have been a thing.
The Mulliner customization division, which is now headed by chief designer Stefan Sielaff, will build between 20 and 50 units of a Mulsanne-based convertible, with Dürheimer adding that “We already have several firm orders.”
As for Dürheimer’s other responsibility within the Volkswagen Group, overseeing Bugatti, he reports that the new Chiron is sold out for the next four years—300 of the 500 Chirons that will be built already have been sold—Bugatti plans a six-year production run for the model. “We will look at new concepts in 2018 and make a decision on the successor in 2019,” said Dürheimer. Electrification is an option at Bugatti, too, but he said that decision has not yet been made.