Despite originally going on sale in 2010, the Mulsanne’s production run is not due to finish until the early 2020s, but by then the luxury market will be inhabited by a greater number of electric models and new challengers, among them Aston Martin’s reborn Lagonda brand (below), which is promising to shake up the segment and attract a younger audience.
Autocar understands the Mulsanne’s future is up for debate, specifically as to whether there will be a like-for-like replacement for a car that has always been in the shadow of the Rolls-Royce Phantom. It is understood that Bentley will always have a flagship model, however.
One option could be to go down the Lagonda route and reinvent the Mulsanne as a pure electric car, creating a very modern and forward-looking flagship for the brand.
Bentley is understood to not be keen on pure electric versions of SUVs at the moment, but a large saloon could hold appeal, especially if its launch date coincides with the arrival of next-generation battery technology.