Four-door sibling to the Continental GT will be shown for first time later this year, and teaser campaign has begun

Bentley is building up to the launch of its all-new Flying Spur, previewing the car's interior ahead of its debut later this year.

The Mercedes-Maybach S 600 rival's interior is seen for the first time in this image which shows the front door card design. Bentley claims the design to be a world-first: three-dimensional, textured leather upholstery.

Bentley describes the new Flying Spur as a "ground up development that pushes the boundaries of both technology and craftsmanship to deliver segment-defining levels of performance and refinement". 

The luxury saloon is the firm’s answer to the Rolls-Royce Ghost, as well as the Maybach. 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.

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As hinted at a previous video showing the car's bonnet and emblem, 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.

Bentley, under the tenure of boss Adrian Hallmark, who joined last year from Jaguar Land Rover, is finalising its broader model strategy for the next few years, which is expected to focus on grand touring models and SUVs rather than sports cars.

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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?  

16 May 2019

With Bentley being the same group as Porsche and Lamborghini, I can understand them not going down the more hardcore sportscar route

16 May 2019

my favourite bentley now is the flying spur so i hope they do this right. i hope they keep the big outer and smaller middle light rather than the other way roung like on the continental and the bentayga and especially the extremely ugly mulsanne with low down outer lights.

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16 May 2019

I can't say I like Bentley design very much.  As with the Mini, the designs of Bentley seem too fussy and bulbous. Not forward looking or contemporary in any way.  I think Aston Martin has the best design of any British company.  Rolls Royce does at least represent modern luxury, even if their cars are not exactly beautiful.  I find Bentley and Mini both represent a German idea of Britishness, rather than actual Britishness.  They are a pastiche of bygone British cars.

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