Bentley has released teaser images confirming that a third generation of the Flying Spur grand tourer is on the way.
Details of the luxury saloon are currently scarce – the early images do reveal a recognisable Bentley silhouette – with an elegant sloped roofline meeting a somewhat boxy design – plus the distinctive ‘Flying B’ that adorns the front of all of the brand’s cars.
Bentley only states that it is “innovating beyond the existing boundaries of performance, refinement and luxury with the introduction of an all-new four-door grand tourer”.
The Flying Spur was introduced in 2005 as effectively a four-door version of the Continental GT coupe, and the new model is expected to follow the same format.
However it is likely to have a more distinctive design to differentiate it from the Continental GT, and this could extend to the model being renamed.
Whatever name the new car takes it is likely to use the coupe’s 6.0-litre W12 engine from launch, with a V8 option also in future plans.
Bentley is also likely to introduce a hybrid electric powertrain to the Flying Spur similar to that used in the Bentayga SUV, combining a V6 petrol engine and an electric motor that can offer 31 miles of zero-emissions driving. Certain important Asian markets will expect hybrid powertrains to be available.
More details of the Bentley Flying Spur are expected to be revealed ahead of a late-2019 market launch.