Bentley working on cheaper models

November 26th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Bentley working on cheaper models

Bentley has just replaced the elderly Arnage with the new Mulsanne, which in turn should mean replacements for the Brooklands and Azure. A new Continental range is also on the way as well. But according to recent reports, the team from Crewe isn’t content simply replacing existing models they want something new. And they are looking at going downmarket with two new niche models.

Known only as the New Compact Bentley (NCB) project, the luxury automaker hopes to gain entry in the $110-130,000 USD range in two forms: a three-door shooting brake and strangely a crossover vehicle.

Platform underpinnings for both would reportedly be based loosely on the next-gen Audi A6/A7 flexible architecture and powered by an Audi-based 4.5-litre twin-turbo V8 putting out around 550 horsepower through all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Production would apparently be around 7500 units annually, but Bentley might find a challenger in this new crossover segment, as Rolls-Royce is said to be working on a Ghost-based crossover of its own.

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