The fastback Bentayga model is expected to draw younger, female customers to Bentley showrooms. The program still faces formal approval.
Pricing and launch timing on the sporty version of the Bentayga are yet to be determined.
The automaker is also planning to increase Bentayga production from 3,600 units in 2016 to 5,600, due to higher-than-expected demand. Half of the sales are to existing Bentley customers and half are to new customers.
Edmunds also has learned that the next-generation Bentley Continental lineup will be significantly lighter than the outgoing model.
The first car to emerge from this third-generation range is expected to be the 2018 Continental GT coupe, followed by a new GTC convertible and the Flying Spur sedan.
Like the Bentayga, the Continental's body shell will be a hybrid-materials structure — high-strength steels reinforcing a body predominantly made from aluminum. The current car is steel-bodied.
Powertrains will include the all-new 600-horsepower W12 engine debuting in the Bentayga, an updated 4.0-liter V8 engine and a gasoline V6 plug-in hybrid.
Edmunds says: Luxury shoppers have much to look forward to from Bentley in the near future.