Bentley redefines luxury with new Bentayga SUV

BENTLEY has announced details of the new Bentayga, its definitive luxury SUV, and the first car launched under the company’s Beyond100 business plan. It presents a fresh new look, having undergone significant revision, inside and out.

A new exterior design and the latest technology, sees the combining of the abilities of a performance grand tourer, a luxury limousine, a spacious family car and an off-roader, for a complete prestige package.

Key to the new Bentayga is its strikingly dynamic look, which draws inspiration from the marque’s new design language, introduced by the third-generation Continental GT and all-new Flying Spur.

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Together, the three cars form a new family that are more visually connected than ever before. The bold styling offers an imposing road presence, with every panel at the front of the car redesigned for a cleaner, modern look.

The larger, assertive matrix grille is now more upright, while new, intelligent LED matrix headlamp technology includes the signature Bentley design inspired by cut crystal glassware.

A more aggressive front bumper emphasises the performance characteristics of the car. Heated, wet-arm windscreen wipers are introduced for the first time, with 22 washer jets in each arm.

At the rear, the new Bentayga has undergone a major transformation, with a total redesign of the rear surfaces, including a new full-width tailgate with new encapsulated lamps, while the licence plate has been moved down into the bumper.

Wide, split tailpipes leave no doubt that this is a powerful performance car. A 20mm increase to the rear track brings dynamic benefit and re-positions the wheels in their arches to improve the car’s stance. The wheels themselves are a unique design too.

The Bentayga’s highly praised interior has been significantly revised in the latest model. Among the major changes are a new centre fascia and steering wheel, new door trims and new seats – now available with ventilation in the rear of the five-seat cabin option.

Passengers in the rear also enjoy significantly more space, with legroom increased by up to 100 mm depending on configuration. A next generation infotainment system is also integrated seamlessly into the handcrafted, Bentley ‘wing’ dashboard.

It features a 10.9-inch display screen with edge-to-edge graphics. The new digital display includes super high-resolution and dynamic graphics which are configurable to suit driver preferences.

The latest hardware and software bring new navigation as well, with satellite maps, online search and other features. Wireless Apple CarPlay is standard for the first time, alongside the existing wired system, along with Android Auto (market dependent).

Rear seat occupants benefit from a new, larger touchscreen remote control tablet, similar to that introduced in the all-new Flying Spur. Connectivity around the car has been significantly improved, with USB-C data ports and a wireless phone charger now standard.

The Bentayga is now provided with an embedded SIM as well, like the latest Continental GT models, meaning My Bentley connected car features no longer require customers to provide their own data connection.

My Bentley in-car and remote services is a continually developing range of services available to customers through a dedicated app, available both on Apple iOS and Android mobile platforms.

The luxurious interior can be further enhanced with the application of dark tint diamond brushed aluminium trim, as well as two straight-grained veneers new to Bentayga, Koa and Crown Cut Walnut.

Mulliner driving specification adds a new quilting design, and micro piping detailing is a new option for the seats. The new model will initially be launched in Bentayga V8 guise, offering supercar performance balanced with everyday usability.

Plug-in hybrid and W12-powered Speed versions will follow later this year. The V8’s 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged petrol engine develops an impressive 404kW of power and 770Nm of torque.

Since its original launch, the segment created by the Bentayga has welcomed a number of new models from rival brands. Yet despite the arrival of these newcomers, the Bentayga has continued to be the best-selling luxury SUV.

An Australian launch date, further specifications, and local pricing, will be announced soon.

Mick Glenn
Mick Glenn
Mick is a car fanatic, with petrol pumping through his veins. With a deep love for cars, and what makes them tick, Mick likes things that go fast, very fast. But he also appreciates a Sunday cruise in the Rolls...... who are we kidding, he'd drive the wheels off that too.


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