Apparently, the decision has been made under pressure from upcoming emissions legislation, and also because the Betayga – one of the world’s poshest SUVs – hasn’t been the sales hit the company expected.
Reports are coming in that Bentley sold less than 1,000 examples in the United States so far this year, so they may be willing to give more traditional models an advantage over plans to bring even more SUVs to market. According to a recent media report, Bentley has decided to postpone or even kill off a smaller SUV positioned below the Bentayga in favor of an enthusiast-approved sports car. The new car is apparently coming from the future, with a fully-electric powertrain and might even be based off the EXP12 Speed 6e concept, who had incredible success with the audience of the Geneva Motor Show.
“What I can say is that a small SUV is no longer on the scheme,” commented CEO Wolfgang Durheimer on the sidelines of the ongoing Frankfurt Motor Show. “We’re favoring a car with a full electric powertrain.” Allegedly the new sports model will directly use the architecture of the incoming series version of the Porsche Mission E, with increased dimensions compared to the EXP12 concept (pictured). We could expect the new sports car to have a range of about 300 miles (482 kilometers), and feature all-wheel drive.