Bentley will reveal a new hand-built Mulliner model at the 2022 Monterey Car Week in California on August 21.

    Called the Batur, the car is described as a grand tourer, and will reveal a new design language that has “themes and forms that will define Bentley’s future range of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs)”.

    The British luxury carmaker also says the upcoming Batur is “so much more than a successor to the Bacalar”, which is an ultra-exclusive roofless grand tourer revealed in 2020.

    Like the Bacalar, the upcoming Batur grand tourer is named after a body of water.

    Lake Batur is located in Kintamani on the island of Bali, Indonesia, and is a 16 square-kilometre volcanic crater lake that is 88m deep.

    In the lead-up to the reveal, Bentley has showed off a singular teaser image that shows the Bentley badge and part of the grille has red-and-copper highlight elements.

    The Batur appears to painted in a Grey metallic colour, and there are also a number of matte black exterior trims.

    Bentley is remaining tight-lipped about more details around the Batur for now, but it’s expected to have an internal-combustion engine of some sort with the potential for electrification on the table as well.

    All-electric power is unlikely, because Bentley has previously said it’s not launching its first electric vehicle (EV) until 2025.

    The Batur could take some elements from the futuristic EXP 100 GT concept revealed in 2019, which was a study exploring what a grand tourer could look like in 2035.

    As previously detailed, Bentley plans to only offer plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and all-electric vehicles by 2026, as it gears up to go all-electric and carbon neutral by 2030.

    The British luxury automaker already offers PHEV versions of the Bentayga SUV and Flying Spur sedan, and has been recently spied testing a PHEV version of the Continental GT.

    Overseas reports indicate the first Bentley EV will be an SUV, potentially a version of the next Bentayga.

    It could even be built on the Volkswagen Group’s PPE platform which is destined to underpin the Porsche Macan EV and Audi A6 e-tron.

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    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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