Bentley has given the green light for production of a $250,000 premium crossover that figures to create a new segment.
In the future, new and redesigned Bentley vehicles will share platforms and engines with other Volkswagen Group brands.
The crossover will share a platform with Lamborghini, Audi and Porsche. The next-generation Continental range will share its platform with the redesigned Audi A8 and Porsche Panamera.
Continental: Sales of the re-engineered Flying Spur sedan began last month.
Beginning in 2017, all three Continental models -- the GT coupe, GTC convertible and Flying Spur sedan -- will switch to a new VW Group platform that also will be used for the next Audi A8 and Porsche Panamera.
Mulsanne: If approved for production, the convertible version will probably debut in 2015. Sketches of a concept were released in August 2012. It would be powered by a 512-hp V-8 engine.
Crossover: Bentley's crossover will go on sale in 2016. The name hasn't been revealed but it may be called Falcon. The vehicle will share the platform with the next-generation Audi Q7 and the Lamborghini Urus crossover. Styling cues are expected to come from the EXP 9 F concept, but Bentley has said that the production version has been significantly changed.