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With more than 20,000 Bentaygas handcrafted since the car’s launch in 2015, the refreshed Bentley Bentayga is set to build on an incredible success story. A new exterior design adopts the Bentley design DNA now prevalent across the entire model range. Improvements also come in the form of the latest onboard technology and an even more cosseting cabin.
Adrian Hallmark, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors, comments: “From its moment of launch nearly five years ago, the Bentayga has been the very definition of the luxury SUV. Like the Continental GT, the Bentayga created an entirely new part of the market, and since we set the benchmark many others have joined the sector, but no other car can offer a breadth of ability to rival the Bentayga.”
Key to the new Bentayga is it strikingly looks, which draws inspiration from the marque’s new design language, introduced by the third-generation Continental GT and all-new Flying Spur. Together, the three cars form a new family that is more visually connected than ever before.
At the rear, the new Bentayga has undergone a major transformation, with a total redesign including a new full-width tailgate with new encapsulated lamps, while the licence plate has been moved down into the bumper for a cleaner appearance.
Inside, the interior has been significantly revised. Among the major changes are a new centre fascia and steering wheel, new door trims and all-new seats – now available with ventilation in the rear of the standard five-seat cabin option. An optional four-seat layout, featuring two individual rear seats separated by a centre console, and three-row, seven-seat configuration are also available. Passengers in the rear enjoy significantly more space, with legroom, increased by up to 100 mm depending on the configuration.
A new infotainment system is integrated seamlessly into the dashboard and features a 10.9-inch display screen with edge-to-edge graphics. The all-new digital display includes super high-resolution and dynamic graphics which are configurable to suit driver preferences. Two levels of audio system are offered: the Bentley Signature Audio and an optional Naim for Bentley system with no less than 20 speakers.
Connectivity around the car has been significantly improved, with USB-C data ports and a wireless phone charger now standard. The luxurious interior can be further enhanced with the application of dark tint diamond brushed aluminium trim for the first time in a Bentley, 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, with a W12-powered Speed version to follow this year. The V8’s 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged petrol engine develops an impressive 542 bhp and 770 Nm of torque. Mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox, the V8 offers a top speed of 290 km/h and 0-100 km/h time of 4.5 seconds.