Bentley’s head of design is saying the British luxury carmaker might be heading electric.
It looks like there might be yet another luxury car brand getting into the electric car business. Speaking to Auto Express, Bentley’s design director Stefan Sielaff said that “a full electric Bentley is something I am extremely convinced we have to do.”
Bentley isn’t entirely out of the electric car game. The company unveiled their first fully electric car, the EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept, at last year’s Geneva Motor Show. The Speed 6e was based on the earlier Speed 6 plug-in hybrid but takes the full dive into a battery-only powered car.
The Speed 6 concepts are all based on Bentley’s tried, tested, and true formula for making 2-door grand touring luxury coupes. However, Sielaff says that the next car shouldn’t be based on any previous concepts and should be a totally new car.
“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,” he said.
“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. It gives us a great chance to establish a completely new design language for the company.”
What the language turns out to be is somewhat up in the air. Currently, the market for crossovers and SUVs is extremely hot, and especially so in the luxury car market. But Sielaff was quick to dash any dreams for a Bentley electric SUV.
“We are still in the phase of trying to define what it could be,” he said. “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.”
Bentley has already announced plans to offer electric versions of their entire lineup by 2025, with this upcoming car being their new flagship vehicle.