It has only been four years since Bentley unveiled the second-generation Flying Spur on the market. Given the brand’s typically long product lifespans, it is a bit of a surprise that the British luxury marque is already developing the third-generation model. Bentley’s junior sedan has been spied yet again but this time, it now sports its production body. In this latest batch of photos, more details are seen, showing more of its styling cues and general outline.
Now sporting less camouflage, we see that this generation of Flying Spur has a more squared off look and an even longer body. False panels meanwhile hide the upright front fascia and will likely apply a variation of the new Continental GT’s headlight arrangement. Of course, the squarish grill is expected to make an appearance as it is one of Bentley’s design signatures.
On to its sides, the wheels have been pushed further away towards the corners, hinting a longer wheelbase. The covers on the car also suggests a more defined shoulder line, likely to give the car a stronger looking stance. All in all, its general outline is slightly more upright than the car it will soon replace.
There isn’t a lot of detail shown at the rear however. However, one can expect unique tail lights from the next-gen Flying Spur since Bentley gives all their cars a unique rear fascia treatment. In production guise, it is also likely that the license plate holder will be located in the middle of the trunk lid, rather than this pre-production unit’s bumper mounted variant.
The 2019 Bentley Flying Spur will share its platform with the Porsche Panamera. That said, it is possible that it will use some of the engines found in the four-door Porsche. This includes the 4.0-liter, twin turbo V8 powering the top-spec Panameras. At the same time, the 6.0-liter W12 could stay with the range in the long run.