A few days ago, pictures of what looked to be the 2021 Bentley Bentayga surfaced on the internet. Initially posted by an Instagram user, the grainy images appeared to show the luxury SUV getting a subtle refresh inside and out. Despite the not-so-obvious changes, the leaked pictures looked like the real thing which means Bentley may be close to revealing it soon.
Now, the Crewe-based luxury marque has confirmed that the 2021 Bentayga is indeed coming soon. Set to be revealed this June 30, 2020, the refreshed SUV will be the first car to be launched under the company's new 'Beyond 100 business strategy' which will see the brand become a world leader in sustainable luxury mobility.
Based on the teaser the company released, Bentley has somewhat confirmed the changes that were initially leaked several days ago. These include the large turbine-style alloy wheels, a digital instrument panel, as well as the new circular headlights. Other changes Bentley teased in the video include an updated steering wheel, as well as a retro-styled clock placed on the dashboard.
As far as powertrains are concerned, Bentley mentioned that “the Bentayga will continue to be the fastest, most luxurious, and most versatile SUV in the world”. This could mean that the 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 and the smaller 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 will continue to power Bentley's flagship SUV. There's no word whether the diesel V8 will be made available for the 2021 model, but the company did say that a plug-in hybrid powertrain will continue to be offered.
Another thing that will still be made available on the 2021 Bentayga is the various seating configurations. That means the luxury SUV could still be specified as a four-seater, five-seater, as well as a seven-seater.
With Bentley set to reveal the 2021 Bentayga next week, production of the luxury crossover might begin sometime in late 2020. But with the company looking to cut 1,000 jobs, we're curious as to how Bentley will be able to build the refreshed SUV should there be an increase in demand.