A few days ago, pictures of what appeared to be the refreshed Bentley Bentayga were leaked onto the internet. Despite the grainy quality of the images, it's clear that the luxury SUV had some work done on it. From its redesigned front fascia and updated cabin, the changes appear to be subtle at best.
Now, Bentley has officially taken the covers off of the 2021 Bentayga. Featuring a redesigned exterior, and a more high-tech cabin, Bentley claims the refreshed SUV raises the bar once again in delivering the ultimate in power, luxury, and usability.
Starting with the Bentayga's exterior, the luxury SUV adopts a refreshed design derived from the Continental GT and the new flagship Flying Spur. Bentley claims that both the front and rear panels have been altered to give the Bentayga a cleaner and more modern look.
There's a new front grille upfront that is larger and more upright than before. Meanwhile, the elliptical-shaped LED headlights now feature the brand's new crystal design which makes them sparkle a bit more when not lit. As seen from the leaked photos from before, new 22-inch turbine-style alloy wheels make their way onto the 2021 Bentayga – expanding the number of available wheel choices to five.
Perhaps getting the most drastic change on the Bentayga is its rear. Unlike its predecessor, the refreshed SUV now comes with elliptical taillights similar to that of the Continental GT. Bentley says that this gives SUV a jewelry-like appearance when lit. Finally, an all-new full-width tailgate gives the Bentayga a cleaner, more contemporary look.
The interior gets a more modest update compared to the exterior. It now has a new steering wheel, updated door trims, a fully-digital instrument cluster, and redesigned seats that offer better comfort. The traditional 'bullseye' center vents are now gone and have been replaced by a sculpted single vent with a chrome bezel.
The Bentayga gets a new 10.9-inch infotainment touchscreen. It comes with satellite navigation, wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto connectivity, a heads-up display, and customizable screens for media, phone, and navigation menus. As before, a total of three seating configurations will be available for the Bentayga – the standard five-seater layout, the more luxurious four-seater setting, and the practical seven-seat configuration.
For now, only one engine option is available for the 2021 Bentayga. Carried-over from the pre-facelift is the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 which cranks out 550 PS and 770 Nm of torque. Mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, the Bentayga can go from 0 – 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 290 km/h. To save on fuel, the V8 benefits from cylinder deactivation which allows the engine to deactivate four of its eight cylinders.
Where is the twin-turbo W12 you might ask? According to Bentley, it will be available sometime in the future in the high-performance Bentayga Speed. There will also be a plug-in hybrid version simply dubbed 'Hybrid' that Bentley claims will be their most efficient model ever and is the company's first step towards electrification.
The 2021 Bentley Bentayga is set to arrive in European markets by Q4 of 2020. This means that other markets like the Philippines might get it sometime in 2021. But with Bentley planning to cut 1,000 jobs, production of the 2021 Bentayga might take longer than usual.