The sold-out Bacalar moves Bentley’s design language in a sharper, bolder direction. It’s limited to 12 units, so the odds of seeing one in the wild are low, but its head-turning lines will influence the company’s future models.
“It was appreciated very well by its target audience, but also by our traditional customers. I was surprised and happy to get positive remarks. I feel encouraged to really push the subject of rejuvenating and modernizing Bentley’s design language,” Stefan Sielaff, Bentley’s lead designer, told Autoblog. He added his team will accelerate this process in the coming years. “We will take steps forward,” he affirmed.
Bentley remains a relatively small company, and it recently overhauled a large chunk of its range by releasing the new Continental variants, so don’t expect to discover its next design language in the coming months. It’s more of a long-term goal for the firm. Luckily, it has plenty of projects in the pipeline. Company boss Adrian Hallmark strongly hinted at “an even more luxurious and even bigger” version of the Bentayga, likely to succeed the Mulsanne (pictured) at the top of the line-up, and he suggested Bentley is tentatively planning to release its first electric model — possibly with a cutting-edge solid-state battery pack — about halfway through the 2020s.
Speaking of, electrification technology will give stylists the opportunity to explore new design avenues.
“I think that, when we talk about an electric car, and only from the design point of view, we have to work on efficiency first of all. This has a certain impact on our design language. It means we need to focus more on aerodynamics and on lightweight design, and this has a direct impact on the styling. I personally think it is a big chance for us; it will help us push the design language forward,” he concluded.