Four-door luxury saloon will be revealed later this year

Bentley has revealed first images and a video of its next Flying Spur, which will be unveiled later this year.

The Crewe-based car maker described itself as “innovating beyond the existing boundaries of performance, refinement and luxury with the introduction of an all-new four-door Grand Tourer”.

The luxury saloon, which is expected to be called by a new name, is the firm’s answer to rivals such as the Rolls-Royce Ghost and Mercedes-Maybach S600.

While it has commonly been known as the four-door sibling to the Continental GT - and will continue to be closely related under the skin - it is understood that the Flying Spur will have a far more distinctive design, intended to make it stand alone as a model in its own right.

As hinted at in the sketch and video revealed today, the model’s styling will follow the themes of the Continental GT but has more distinct surfaces and sharper swage lines.

The latest Continental GT launched early last year, and the maker recently unveiled the V8 variant and the GT Convertible

A full range of engines is expected to be launched on the next Flying Spur, including Bentley’s V8 and W12 petrol options, and a plug-in hybrid based around a V6 petrol engine instead of going down the diesel route. Hybrid options will be key in bolstering Bentley’s sales in China in particular. In time, a Speed variant will crown the range. It will feature a higher-performance engine that will also be used in the Continental GT and GT Convertible.

Once the Continental range has been completed, the firm will turn its focus to what Autocar understands will be a next step in its design, promising a more radical change to something more fresh and modern.  It is Bentley’s centenary year, and a host of celebrations in July will include a concept reveal which is expected to showcase this change in design direction.

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10 April 2019

I hope they go back to the smaller quad headlights, the current googly-eyed look like a late 90s Corolla or early 2000s Impreza ruins the front of modern Bentleys.

10 April 2019

Also not a fan of those smaller lights on the outside and the bigger lights inside. But interesting that they want to put the emphasis on sedans and SUVs - are the footballers fed up with their coupe's?  

wmb

10 April 2019

...Continental GT and Flying Spur have been, they are still fairly new to the range. Having come into being since VW Group acquired the brand in the late '90s and early '00s, they have certainly been a big hit! Yet the big change, IMHO, will be the next flagship. With the current one being able to trace its platform back to at least the end of the last century and it's engine going back even farther, the current flagship's next chapter is the thing to watch! With Bentley/VW suggesting that, due to tougher emissions and the weight/age of the its current architecture, their flagship's replacement will be new from the ground up! With the article say that the marque is set to focus on its next stage in design, it being a radical change, more fresh and mordern, the new flagship may not only sport a new platform and engine, it may not look much like anything that has come before it! Radical, fresh and modern in vehicles that change so little, may not be saying much, but the questions still remain: Will the architecture be all new, or will it share with the Flying Spur repalcement/Panamera? Will it have a V8 or use a 12 cylinder, donated from the Conti GT? Will there be electrification of some type introduced? And finally, what will it look like?  

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