Bentley says no to smaller SUV based on Porsche Macan

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A Bentley executive has ruled out a smaller SUV for the British car maker – and has implied customers shopping for one should buy a Porsche Macan instead.

What a Macan-based Bentley could look like, illustrated by Theottle (video link at bottom of story).

Bentley will not cash-in on booming sales of mid-size luxury SUV with a scaled-down version of its Bentayga, the company says.

Wayne Bruce, global head of Bentley communications, told Drive on a recent flying visit to Australia a smaller SUV is not planned, and implied customers interested in one should consider a Porsche Macan instead.

“The question has been asked time and time again. A ‘Bentley-fied’ [Porsche] Macan?” Mr Bruce said.

“Bentleys have always been a certain size and scale and that’s true to the brand. And we have no intention to change that. […] Porsche does a very good Macan. I don’t think we need one.”

What a Macan-based Bentley could look like, illustrated by Theottle.

The Bentley Bentayga – which measures up to 5.3 metres long, similar to a Toyota HiLux or Ford Ranger – has been a best-seller for the Volkswagen Group-owned British brand since it launched late in 2015.

Built on underpinnings shared with the Porsche Cayenne, Volkswagen Touareg, Audi Q7 and Q8, and Lamborghini Urus, the Bentayga accounted for 42 per cent of the brand’s 15,174 global sales in 2022.

It’s a similar story in Australia, where the 107 Bentaygas reported as sold in 2023 represented 46.7 per cent of the brand’s deliveries last year

Last year, Porsche sold 2925 Macans in Australia – about 48 per cent of the German brand’s total sales – while the larger Cayenne SUV accounted for a further 25.5 per cent.

Rob Margeit is an award-winning Australian motoring journalist and editor who has been writing about cars and motorsport for over 25 years. A former editor of Australian Auto Action, Rob’s work has also appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Wheels, Motor Magazine, Street Machine and Top Gear Australia. Rob’s current rides include a 1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class and a 2000 Honda HR-V Sport.

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