What’s Hot and What’s Not in the 2020 Bentley Lineup
What to Buy and What to Stay Away From When it Comes to Bentley in 2020
Updated November 12, 2018
The luxury British automaker is evidently having some difficulties seeing as sales simply never picked up the way they expected them to. The Volkswagen division marketed 11,023 units worldwide during 2016 and barely better 11,089 models during 2017. At the same time, their U.S. figures fell from 2,581 units in 2016 to 2,405 cars in 2017. Although MY 2019 is already upon us, as a luxury brand, the Bentley division still hasn’t disclosed its full 2018 sales to date. Instead, they’ve only published the U.S. sales figures until May 2018. Compared to the same period in 2017 when they sold 930 vehicles, the British had marketed 976 cars, which at least gives us some clue. Despite a marginal increase during the available period, a substantial turn for the better in their fortunes has yet again failed to materialize. The ultra-luxury VW brand will now have to rely on 2019 and 2020 in order to make that desired step forward. Let’s take a look at the 2020 Bentley models now and what they’re supposed to achieve for the brand.
The Brits won’t be bringing any new models to the lineup come MY 2020’s time. With the Bentayga filling the vacant crossover SUV spot a couple of years ago, there’s very little space for maneuvering on their part anyway. They will be updating some of their models, however, and even introducing a new trim or two where possible. The most important of these changes will be the new plug-in hybrid powertrains for the Continental GT and Bentayga – at least initially. Later on, the inevitable electrification process might migrate to the remainder of the Bentley range. We’ll know more as time progresses. For now, here’s what to pay attention to when it comes to the Bentley vehicles in 2020.
What’s Hot in the 2020 Bentley Lineup
03. 2020 Continental GT
The third-generation Continental GT, which debuted for MY 2019, aims to help the British brand achieve the aforementioned leap forward. The Conti itself might not be sufficient for that, but a few additional models within the grand tourer’s range would definitely help. After all, when the brand’s selling around 2,500 models a year overall, every single unit counts. The new Bentley Continental arrived exclusively as a 2-door 2+2-seat coupe with enough room for expansion when the British finally decided to include a convertible into the mix as well. This should all happen by the time 2020 is upon us. Meanwhile, the 2020 Conti GT coupe will carry over without any significant changes compared to the inaugural model. Compared to the second-generation Continentals, however, the new models are more athletic thanks to weight savings achieved by using a revised platform. They’re also lower and wider, but very much like their predecessors when it comes to overall styling.
At the time of its introduction, the third-generation Continental GT was exclusively offered with a revised 6.0L twin-turbo W12 mill that’s now capable of developing 626 ponies and 664 pound-feet of twist – an increase of 44 hp and 133 lb-ft. All that power is routed to all four corners via the Conti’s first 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The 2020 Bentley Continental GT should provide more in terms of customization. Much like the Bentley Bentayga plug-in hybrid introduced at the 2018 Geneva motor show, the Continental GT hybrid will sport a 3.0L turbocharged V6 mill coupled with an electric motor. Although neither their total output nor fuel economy have been revealed to date, the hybrid Bentleys are reportedly good enough for 31 miles of all-electric range according to the European NEDC cycle. They also require up to 7.5 hours of charging time via a conventional wall charger or 2.5 hours via an optional faster charger. The British will also introduce a V8 version of the grand tourer, but it’s still not clear if they’ll do so in time for MY 2020 or after that. We’ll find out more at one of the upcoming 2019 car shows.
02. 2020 Bentayga
The luxury mid-size crossover SUV is the Volkswagen division’s best-selling nameplate by far. After all, that was the main reason behind its introduction. Available since MY 2016, the Bentayga is touted the fastest SUV in the world. By the time 2020 arrives, it’ll likely become even faster thanks to the introduction of the Bentayga Speed. Moreover, Bentley’s bread and butter vehicle will also receive a hybrid powertrain for further versatility. Will a styling change be incorporated as well? Unfortunately, it’s still too early to tell. Regardless, the Bentayga is and will remain a crossover SUV with one of the most refined and tech-savvy interiors. With prices ranging from around $170,000 to well over $250,000, the luxury crossover is also one of the most expensive offerings out there. Despite coming with a wide range of standard features, there’s still a way to push that price tag higher via options.
The entry-level Bentaygas sport a 4.0L twin-turbo V8 engine capable of making 542 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. Despite being less powerful than the W12 models, units fitted with a V8 are still more lively around corners due to their lower overall weight. The mentioned W12 mill has 6.0L in displacement and dual turbochargers for as much as 600 horsepower and 660 pound-feet of twist. However, that’s not all as the W12 powerplant has another ace up its sleeve. In performance Bentayga Speed tune, it should be able to deliver even more than that, propelling the fastest SUV in the world to even greater heights. The U.S. Bentayga lineup is completed by the British automaker’s very first plug-in hybrid models which combine a 3.0L turbocharged V6 engine with an electric motor. As mentioned above, more info about the Bentayga hybrid will follow soon but we can expect close to 450 ponies and north of 650 lb-ft of rotational force combined.
01. 2020 Flying Spur
The Flying Spur is basically a 4-door version of the Continental coupe which has been largely neglected. Until now, that is. The 2020 Bentley Flying Spur finally gets a much-needed redesign – right on cue after its 2-door role model went through the same a year before. Needless to say, the forthcoming Flying Spur will follow the same recipe as its coupe sibling by offering a more athletic body on a revised MSB platform, but otherwise very similar overall design. Being slightly larger than the coupe, the 4-door sedan will also be a tad heavier and slower but will offset these shortcomings with additional room for its occupants. Prices shouldn’t change much compared to the outgoing models, so expect the 2020 Spur to start from north of $190,000 and work its way up toward the $250,000 mark and beyond if given the opportunity.
Naturally, the Conti and Spur will also share their powertrains which means the sedan version of the GT will come in two initial tunes. Regular units will be powered by a 6.0L twin-turbo W12 mills with 626 horses and 664 pound-feet of rotational force. Paired with an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and mandatory all-wheel drive, they should be able to reciprocate the Continental’s acceleration, or at least come close to it. An optional V8 engine for more affordable units is also in the work, but it’s unclear whether it’ll make it in time for MY 2020. Finally, the Flying Spur should receive the previously mentioned hybrid system too, but again, it’s unclear when. Further down the line, the British should differentiate the Flying Spur’s range with a more performance-oriented tune for the largest of engines, but these models almost certainly won’t be ready before 2021.
What’s Not in the 2020 Bentley Lineup
01. 2020 Mulsanne
When the remainder of the Bentley range gets updated by MY 2020, the full-size Mulsanne is bound to remain the oldest running car in their lineup. Being the most lavish and most expensive of all Bentley models, the luxury sedan is also their slowest seller with fewer than 600 deliveries across the globe in 2017. Needless to say, the VW marque has some breathing room thanks to that fact but the new Mulsanne is still on the way. Thing is, it won’t arrive in time for MY 2020. The next-generation of their most luxurious car could come as early as during 2021 with an all-electric powertrain to boot. Although nothing has been officially confirmed as of yet, the new Mulsanne is definitely intriguing and sure to be exciting. That, however, can’t be said about the current models which haven’t been properly updated since MY 2011. And since the 2020 Mulsanne won’t receive any substantial refreshments either, it’s clear why it ends up in the cold section of our hot/cold scale.
The current-generation of Bentley’s largest car is exclusively available with a powerful 6.75L twin-turbocharged V8 engine shared with many Rolls Royce models. It’s good enough for either 505 horsepower and 752 lb-ft of twist in regular or 530 ponies and 811 lb-ft in Mulsanne Speed configuration. Regardless of a model of choice, every single Mulsanne comes with an 8-speed ZF automatic and traditional rear-wheel drive. This won’t change prior to the next generation’s introduction, so Bentley’s full-size sedan will carry over into 2020 with the same setup. Even if the second-gen models eventually go electric, the venerable L Series 8-cylinder will probably remain a part of their story for considerable time.
This takes care of the entire Bentley range offered in the U.S. at the moment. You’ve been informed about what to expect from the Bentley models in 2020 and if you’re one of the lucky few with means to snag one, do act accordingly.