The new Bentley Bentayga comes with a big style upgrade
In 2016 when the first Bentley Bentayga castoff on its maiden voyage into to the SUV/Crossover market, eyebrows were raised. With 20,000 Bentayga having followed suit since then, it is fair to say it has been nothing but a success.
But with success tends to come growing demand, and in the case of the Bentayga, it has manifested itself in an impressive new iteration for 2021, which the automaker is calling: "the definative luxury SUV".
The most obvious upgrade has been the adoption of Bentley's new exterior design language.
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 for a cleaner appearance. Wide, split tailpipes leave no doubt that this is a powerful performance car.
The marque's new design DNA was originally introduced by the third-generation Continental GT and all-new Flying Spur, but now the Bentayga is the latest line to be updated with the cleaner, more modern look.
However, it is not just the exterior that has been given a make over. The Bentayga’s highly praised interior has also 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 configuration.
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.
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