The Stunning New Bentley Bentayga

Not that long ago, the idea that luxury or super car makers would build sport utility vehicles (SUV) as part of their range was met with horror. There was talk from purists that the exclusive brands would be selling out to meet popular trends. Well, they all did it, or are doing it, anyway and that includes the famous British badge of Bentley. Enter the Bentayga. First introduced in 2016, the Bentayga styling was not entirely lauded by fans, but that hasn't stopped it becoming the biggest seller among its direct competitors. Over time some 20,000 have been sold. It has been a stunning success for Bentley and in 2019 accounted for forty-five per cent of the company’s global sales. Now a new model has just been introduced and this time it looks fabulous. The luxury SUV has received a major facelift with a new exterior design plus the very latest onboard technology and an even more cosseting cabin. This new Bentayga is significantly revised both inside and out. Combining the abilities of a performance grand tourer, a luxury limousine, a spacious family car and an off-roader, this latest Bentley really can do it all. The makers insist that no other car can offer the breadth of ability to rival the Bentayga.

 

The Looks


Key to the new model is its strikingly dynamic look, which draws inspiration from the marque’s new design language, introduced by the third-generation Continental GT and Flying Spur saloons. Together, the three cars form a new family that are more visually connected than ever before. The all-wheel-drive Bentayga offers an imposing road presence, with every panel at the front of the car redesigned for a cleaner, modern look. A more aggressive front bumper emphasises the performance characteristics of the car. An extra touch is the heated, wet-arm windscreen wipers, introduced for the first time, with no less than twenty-two washer jets in each arm.

 

There has been a major transformation of the rear, including a new full-width tailgate with encapsulated tail-lamps, while the licence plate has been moved down into the bumper for a cleaner appearance. Wide, split tailpipes leave no doubt that this is a powerful performance car. A 20 mm increase to the rear track width brings dynamic on the road benefit and repositions the wheels in their arches to improve the car’s stance.

 

On The Inside

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 all-new seats – now available with ventilation in the rear of the five-seat cabin option. Passengers in the rear also enjoy significantly more space, thanks to increased legroom. There's a next-gen infotainment system integrated seamlessly into the handcrafted, Bentley ‘wing’ dashboard design that features a 10.9" display screen with edge-to-edge graphics. The all-new digital display includes super high-resolution and graphics which are configurable to suit driver preferences.

 

The latest hardware and software also bring an all-new navigation system with satellite maps, online search and other features. Wireless Apple CarPlay is standard for the first time, alongside the existing wired system, plus Android Auto (which is market dependant, so it won't be offered in all global regions). Rear seat occupants benefit from the introduction of a new, larger touchscreen remote control tablet.

Connectivity is always a key aspect these days and this car does not disappoint, with USB-C data ports and a wireless phone charger now standard. The Bentayga is now provided with an embedded SIM, meaning 'My Bentley' connected car features no longer require customers to provide their own data connection. An important addition.

 

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: Koa and Crown Cut Walnut. Mulliner Driving Specification adds a new quilting design, and micro piping detailing is an option for the seats.

 

On The Road

This new supermodel will initially be launched in V8 guise offering supercar performance balanced with everyday usability. To ensure its all-rounder specification, the car has been tested around the world on all sorts of terrain. There will also be a plug-in Hybrid and W12-powered 'Speed' versions (with a top speed of 190mph) to follow this later this year, subject to the vagaries of the virus conditions, sadly. The V8’s 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged petrol engine develops an impressive 542bhp (550 PS) and 568 lb.ft (770 Nm) of torque. That's probably enough for most drivers.

 

Prestige cars like the Bentayga remain as popular as ever despite the economic uncertainty. At MHH International we cater for the very best in motoring. Give us a call about your next car.

 

 

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