Bentley has unveiled the new Bentayga SUV and freshened up both the Continental GT and the Flying Spur. These three Bentley models now feature similar styling cues in the form of a new ‘tighter’ diamond quilting pattern in the interior, “b” shaped exterior styling cues, and upgrades on technology. This leaves only the Mulsanne remaining to be touched and it now looks like we’ll be seeing a refreshed Mulsanne sooner rather than later.
The Mulsanne is Bentley’s uber-luxury sedan and main competitor to the Rolls-Royce Phantom. It replaced the Bentley Arnage in 2009 and has remained in production without much styling changes since. The Mulsanne carried over the previous car’s 6 3/4 liter, twin-turbo V8 but with a much improved eight speed ZF transmission. The only significant update to the Mulsanne since it’s production began was the introduction of a Speed version in 2014.
Not too long ago, photos appeared showing a long wheelbase (LWB) version of the car. That particular model carried the current model’s body work. Now several websites have new photographs of the Mulsanne LWB and this time it is sporting several updates.
As you can see in the image above and in the source link, the new Mulsanne has a smaller grill similar to the treatment the Continental GT recently received. In addition to the grill, we can see revised headlights and a boxier front bumper with revised air intakes.
Under the hood, we’re expecting more fuel-efficient drivetrains, including a hybrid version. The interior will also get some updates. Those updates will include new diamond quilting to match the current lineup and several upgrades in technology and driver aids.
Bentley CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer has recently commented that the Mulsanne has not been forgotten and told us we can expect new things Mulsanne related very soon. In addition to a refresh of the Mulsanne sedan, we’re also expecting the launch of the Mulsanne long wheelbase, and the Grand Convertible. The Bentley Grand Convertible concept car debuted in Los Angeles last fall as successor to the Bentley Azure, but has yet to see production. It’s expected to appear as a 2017 model.
As a big fan of the 2009 limited-edition Bentley Brooklands, I also hold out serious hope that a coupe version of the Mulsanne/Grand Convertible will follow. Follow the source link for a full gallery of images of the Mulsanne LWB and expect to see more Mulsanne news as late as the Geneva Auto Show in early 2016.