In 2017, it was reported that Bentley was considering a smaller SUV to slot below the Bentayga, with a purely electric powertrain. At the time, Rolf Frech, Bentley’s board member for engineering, said that the smaller SUV represented stage two of Bentley’s electrification plan, and wouldn’t arrive until “2020 and beyond.” This new smaller SUV could form part of the company’s “five for five” plan, which will see Bentley launch a new electric vehicle every year between 2025 and 2030.
Bentley has confirmed that its four existing models, the Continental GT, Continental GTC, Bentayga, and Flying Spur, will all receive electric replacements. That leaves the door open for the upcoming fifth model to be the smaller SUV that was previously teased, or a larger, more powerful grand tourer to sit above the Continental. However, it seems the secretive project has already been hit by setbacks. As of July 2022, Bentley has confirmed that its program has been delayed, and although its first EV is still set to be revealed in 2025, it won’t go on sale until sometime in 2026. CEO Adrian Hallmark stated that the program is behind only by a few months rather than a full year, but still, it’s not a great start considering Bentley is aiming to overhaul its entire lineup by the end of the decade.