It’s been a long time since we last saw the third-generation Bentley Flying Spur during testing.
Naturally, we expected to see less camouflage on the luxury sedan and the newest sightings do not disappoint in that respect. Spotted in Scandinavia near the Arctic Circle during cold weather testing, the 2020 Flying Spur has lost most plastic padding — although it’s cleverly disguised, particularly at the front and rear.
Still, the new spy shots give us the clearest look yet at the Continental GT’s four-door sibling, which now features the final production lights underneath that annoying disguise. The lines also appear clearer now, revealing a pair of haunches that are more muscular than ever, new bumpers, and a raised boot lid compared to the car’s shoulder line.
While the front end appears similar to the Continental GT’s, the rear will adopt different taillights with a rectangular shape. From what we can see, the Flying Spur is shaping up to be a really elegant looking sedan.
Unfortunately, our photographers weren’t able to take a peek at the cabin but if previous Flying Spurs are any indication, the third-generation model should share the dashboard with the Continental GT. However, some reports say Bentley aims to differentiate the two models more than before, with the sedan getting a different interior.
Under the aluminum skin, the 2020 Flying Spur will feature the same platform as the latest Porsche Panamera. However, Bentley uses a slightly longer version of the MSB architecture called MSB-F. While that allows for a longer wheelbase, it remains a rear- and all-wheel-drive platform that makes the Flying Spur slightly lighter than its predecessor and gives it new tech, including autonomous driving systems.
Expect a similar engine lineup to the Panamera, including a 2.9-liter V6 plug-in hybrid with an EV range of around 30 miles (48 km) that will allow Bentley to stay away from diesels. 4.0-liter V8 and 6.0-liter W12 gasoline engines will also be on offer. The all-new Flying Spur is likely to debut in mid-2019.