As Bentley falls in line with the Volkswagen Group’s plans to halt the development of new combustion engines, the first Bentley EV will benefit from the group’s Artemis platform. Also known as Project Artemis, this platform will underpin future Audis as well.
“Looking forward to electrification, we’re going to have closer synergies with Audi,” said Hallmark. However, he emphasized that “strong relationships” will continue with both Porsche and Audi. While Bentley isn’t leading the development of Artemis, the company’s future EV will benefit from it.
As for what body style the first Bentley SUV will be, Hallmark said: “If you’re not in SUVs, you’re nowhere.” Bentley’s first EV likely being an SUV is no surprise since the Bentayga remains the company’s top-selling model, although a high-riding sedan was actually thought to be the choice of body style in a report late last year.