Wearing almost no camouflage.
Our spy photographers have snapped the Bentley Continental GT and Continental GT Convertible while playing around in the snow and ice.
At first glance, it appears to be a simple midlife facelift. Up front, you'll notice the new headlights, a redesigned bumper, and what seems to be a smaller grille. The latter might be an optical illusion, however. At the rear, we can see an updated bumper, new taillights, and two large exhaust outlets instead of the current quad tailpipes.
Unfortunately, we don't have any snaps from the driver's side of the vehicle. Thanks to earlier spy shots, we know the upcoming Continental Hybrid's socket is located on the rear flank on the opposite side of the car.
Whatever the case, the introduction of the 2024 facelift would be the perfect opportunity to introduce the hybrid Continentals. Once it's available, Bentley's entire range, apart from the ultra-exclusive Batur, will have a hybrid option. Rolls-Royce is slightly ahead in this department, as Bentley's EV is now on the backburner due to the Volkswagen Group's software department's inability to perform optimally.
We expect the existing engine options to be carried over, including the W12 and the twin-turbo V8. The hybrid engine will likely be the same unit used in the Flying Spur. It's a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6, helped along by an electric motor and a 14.1 kWh battery. In the Flying Spur, it produces 536 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque.
If you look closer at the front of these Continentals, you'll notice a missing piece. These models don't have fog lights, and the headlight has an entirely new design.
These new Bentleys may be equipped with the same HD Matrix Headlights that will be optional on the upcoming 2023 Porsche Cayenne and Cayenne Coupe. These headlights have 8,192 LEDs per unit and are controlled via an ECU. The ECU uses input from the navigation, infrared sensors, camera system, and steering position to position the lights.
If you take a closer look at the grille, you'll note an all-new sensor. On current models, the sensor is located on the right side of the grille if viewed from the front. This new sensor may be part of the new advanced headlights package or a new suite of upgraded driver assist features.
We'll find out more in coming months before a 2024 introduction.