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Bentley may opt for hatchback sedan
Few brands can match the luxury and reputation of Bentley. The British manufacturer, now under the Volkswagen group, has distinguished itself as a purveyor of premium cars for lease
in the mid to full-size sedans. Now the marquis brand is hoping to dominate a new sector by introducing a fuel-efficient luxury sports sedan in the guise of a four-door Continental hatchback.
Reintroduced in 2003, the Continental is a re-imagining of the swooping sedans of the early 50s with a number of updates and upgraded packages including the two-door GT, the four-door Flying Spur and the convertible GTC. For the next generation, the brand will rework the Flying Spur into a sporty hatchback, while beefing up fuel efficiency and loading the vehicle down with the bells and whistles that have become a trademark of the brand.
Industry analysts believe that the new vehicle could be the brand's answer to Porsche's popular Panamera sedan, a similarly luxurious hatchback introduced last year.
If Bentley decides to pursue the new design, the vehicle would likely hit the European market sometime in 2012, with a wider American and Asian release to follow, posits MotorTrend magazine.
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