PEBBLE BEACH, California -- Bentley Motors is looking to add a four-seat sports car and a crossover vehicle to its lineup, using borrowed platforms from Volkswagen Group siblings Porsche and Audi, its top executive said.
In an interview here, Bentley CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer said the crossover would borrow from the Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne platforms. While the crossover may carry a V-12 engine like the rest of the Bentley lineup, Duerheimer said, "not everyone needs to have a V-12."
Duerheimer, who oversaw Porsche's push into SUVs as the company's development chief, said he "knows what is possible" in bringing a luxury brand into new segments.
"This car will not be made from scratch," he said. "But you can use existing components with different settings and calibrations."
The crossover should arrive in 2014.