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Bentley isn't planning a second SUV -- for now

Never say never.

Rumors, reports, and rumblings pointed to a growing SUV range immediately after Bentley introduced the Bentayga in 2015. The British company did little to quell the noise, and it admitted launching more SUVs wasn't off the table, but it ultimately decided to stick with one high-riding model for the time being.

At least two different rumors refused to go away in the wake of the Bentayga's launch. First, that Bentley would release a coupe-badged, fastback-roofed version of the Bentayga styled like the BMW X6 and the Porsche Cayenne Coupe, among others. Second, that Bentley would expand its line-up with a smaller high-riding model positioned at the bottom of its range. Both were credible, it's not like they alluded to a Bentley-badged Wrangler fighter, but neither are happening.

"Direct answer? We are not looking into that," said Adrian Hallmark, the company's CEO, in an interview with Australian website CarSales. "Is there an imminent, or very near, coupe? No." He added his team isn't looking at launching a smaller SUV, either. However, he also stressed none of this is set in stone. Bentley might change its mind in the medium-term future.

"Could we imagine doing different twists on SUVs in the future? Yes," he hinted.

The Bentayga (pictured) represents 50 percent of the company's annual sales, and it's the best-selling Bentley in its history, so it's not going away any time soon. Hallmark told CarSales that the model will evolve over the course of its life cycle, it hasn't reached its full potential yet, but he didn't go into additional details.

Photo by Ronan Glon.

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