Bentley is expanding its product range with the launch of the Bentayga SUV and is considering an entry two-seat sports car to attract younger buyers.
The ultraluxury brand also plans an extended-wheelbase version of the flagship Mulsanne sedan, and it is considering a low-volume sedan based on the Mulsanne and a couplelike SUV derived from the Bentayga.
Mulsanne: The flagship sedan and its high-performance variant, the Mulsanne Speed, have been freshened. Sales begin this month. No major exterior changes were made, but handling has been improved.
A redesign is expected in four years.
The Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase goes on sale in the United States in the first quarter of 2017. The front end has been modified, and the Mulsanne and Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase get semiautonomous features including forward-collision warning and mitigation, adaptive cruise control and blind-spot warning, as well as improved Wi-Fi and entertainment features that allow use of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The extended-wheelbase version will compete with the Mercedes-Benz Maybach.
A low-volume sedan based on the Mulsanne is being considered but hasn't been approved. The car would get a different name and volume would be low -- up to 100 cars annually. The car would be positioned above the Mulsanne, so its major competition would be the Rolls-Royce Phantom replacement.
According to reports, Bentley has scrapped plans for the Grand Convertible open-top car that was shown as a concept at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. A convertible may be produced in limited numbers by Bentley's Mulliner coach-building division.
Sports car: A new two-seat coupe smaller and lower than the Continental GT is not yet approved. The sports car would be similar to the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept shown in 2015 at the Geneva auto show.
If approved, it could go on sale in two years.
Continental: All three Continental models -- the GT coupe, GTC convertible and Flying Spur sedan -- will be redesigned and move to a Volkswagen Group platform shared with the Porsche Panamera. The redesigned GT coupe and GTC convertible are expected next year, followed by the Flying Spur sedan in 2018.
Bentayga: The brand's first SUV went on sale last month. A coupelike variant is being considered. There are reports that it would be smaller than the Bentayga.