Bentley Doesn’t Want Its First EV To Be An SUV

Bentley will use Porsche technology for its first all-electric vehicle but doesn’t want it to be an SUV.

During an interview with Auto Express, Bentley design director Stefan Sielaff said a bespoke EV from the British marque is a logical step forward. The body style of this vehicle has yet to be confirmed, however.

“The next step for sure is an electric, unique Bentley that isn’t based on an existing car but a completely fresh and new development, with electric propulsion and obviously different proportions following the function.

“It gives us a great chance to establish a completely new design language for the company,” he said.

The EXP 12 Speed 6e was Bentley’s idea of an electric sports car

Bentley provided the world with a glimpse of its electric future in 2017 through the EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept. Despite the positive reception to the concept, Sielaff doesn’t think a two-door, two-seater makes sense for production.

Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e concept

“It should be a four or five-seater and it should also have the possibility to carry a little bit of luggage, maybe not for five people. I think we need to make sure that this family member is obviously new, and not imitating another concept we have already in the portfolio. But definitely more than two seats; that’s something I am convinced of, ” he said.

“We are still in the phase of trying to define what it could be but nevertheless, I think it should be a vehicle that contains a certain coupe-style or sportivity, and also a certain elegance. I don’t think it should be something that is raised high, like an SUV,” Sielaff said.

A four-door coupe from Bentley makes sense as it could act as a more luxurious alternative to the Porsche Mission E within VW Group’s portfolio. Numerous technologies and components will also be shared between the pair.

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  • Six_Tymes

    Very nice!

  • Nordschleife

    It is really a shame that Bentley may possibly let something as fantastic as the 10speed coupe and convertible go to waste. I am tired of automakers letting highly desirable cars go to waste. SUV’s were supposed to be built to bring in money for the passion products and now it seem as though they are just becoming the norm. A smaller Bentley would be a perfect accompaniment to their line-up and it would allow the Continental GT to move upmarket but they don’t seem to want that. I applaud that they want their first electric to not be an SUV but they will be missing out by not putting this gorgeous car into production.

    • fabri99

      Agreed. They even won design awards for this concept car, it’s complete idiocy to just scrap it.

    • My knowledge is that EXP Speed 6 will be produced, it’s just they postponed it for Bentayga first. I just hope that the electric car and Speed 6 can go together without sacrificing each other.

      • Nordschleife

        I heard that as well but the Bentayga is out now. I tried to make comment reflect that it’s a possibility that it will or will not get made. I am hoping you’re right but if you are incorrect then it will be a missed opportunity for Bentley.

        • Agree, I will keep in touch for any progress. I really hope the Speed 6 will make it too, fans love it, customer love it. It’s rested on how much Bentley executives fought for it within the VW board.

          • Nordschleife

            Archer do you know things that the general public doesn’t know? LOL
            Just inquiring

  • “I think we need to make sure that this family member is obviously new”

    Basically saying it won’t be Speed 6 electric, it could be smaller saloon below the Flying Spur? Or all electric GT 2+2 (although it would compete with Lambo’s supposedly new Espada 2+2 with Mission E architecture)

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