A Volkswagen can never be a Bentley.
We can’t forget, though, that the two are cousins under the ownership of Volkswagen and inherently share some DNA. In fact, VW, Bentley, Audi and Porsche will continue to get even closer, almost like siblings rather than distant cousins.
None of these vehicles are cheap by any means, but a used Touareg that shares a platform with a new Bentley could be a tempting buy.
According to Inautonews.com,
The announcement hasn’t been made official just yet but this has been rumored ever since Bentley has unveiled his EXP 9 F SUV Concept a year ago. The brand new Volkswagen MLB platform is currently being used on the new generation of the Audi Q7, which will roll off the assembly line sometimes next year, and this should help it lose approximately 350 kg (771 lbs) thanks to the use of aluminum.
Platform sharing is obviously nothing new, as companies like General Motors have done it shamelessly for decades. This is different, because it involves such high-value vehicles. A Bentley, for all intents and purposes, should not share a platform with a Volkswagen or even an Audi. Bentleys are special and should be treated with a level of respect that keeps their platforms away from platforms of more plebeian models. That’s what keeps super-luxury brands in the super-luxury category. Start sharing platforms, and the brand perception will likely sink down a few notches.
Ferraris aren’t based on Fiats, and Bentleys shouldn’t be based on Volkswagens.
Alas, I’m not the one who gets to make the call. I can just look on the bright side and know that, should the day come that I’m in the market for a luxury SUV, I can shop for a Touareg and know I’m getting the bones of a Bentley.
Should a Volkswagen share a platform with Bentley, Audi and Porsche vehicles?