After a barrage of teasers, Bentley has officially entered the high-end luxury SUV segment with the new Bentayga. Considered by the automaker as the fastest, most luxurious and most executive SUV in the world, the Bentayga combines the very best of Bentley's interior and exterior design along with off-road capability.
Design-wise, the Crewe-based automaker claimed that the wheel arches, fenders and overall exterior look exudes both sportiness and an SUV presence. Up front it has a large matrix grill that is flanked by four 'floating' LED headlights which is reminiscent of the Continental GT and Flying Spur.
Over to the side, it has character lines that show off a muscular and contoured design that can be seen on the doors, wheel arches, roofline and fenders. The rear on the other hand appears to borrow styling cues from the Continental GT with its distinct taillights, rear bumper, and dual exhaust pipes.
Other key features found on the Bentyaga's exterior include a panoramic glass roof, a stylish skid plate near the front bumper, aluminum roof rails finished in high gloss black and a range of alloy wheels that range from 20-inches to 22-inches.
Stepping inside, the brand's twin-cockpit design has also been applied on their first-production SUV. Billed by Bentley to deliver a new set of standards in designing a luxurious interior, the cabin features an array of trims and finishes that come in wood veneers, metal accents and leather inserts.
The front and rear seats are upholstered in premium leather and have contrast stitching and a quilted diamond pattern. The front seats have 22-way power adjustment that also include adjustable cushions and backrests. Additional creature comforts found on the front seats are: six-program massage system and heated/ventilated seating.
The rear seats can be had in either 4- or 5-seat configuration, with the former epitomizing the ultimate statement in luxury according to Bentley. Compared to the front seats, the 2 individual rear seats can be adjusted in 18 different ways and also include massage and heated/ventilated functions. The wood-veneered console holds other cabin amenities like cup holders, storage bins and USB charging sockets.
The cargo area has a fixed divider that separates the cabin from the compartment. The additional cargo organizer however does not come as standard.
Under the hood lives the 6.0-liter TSI twin-turbo W12 that was revealed earlier back in May. Branded by Bentley as the most technologically advanced 12-cylinder engine in the world, it cranks out 608 PS at 6,000 rpm along with 900 Nm of torque that is available between 1,250 – 4,500 rpm. Performance-wise, Bentley claims it can go from 0 – 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds before hitting a top speed of 301 km/h.
Technological accolades of the W12 include: switching from direct and indirect fuel injection to maximize power delivery while reducing emissions, Variable Displacement which shuts off half the cylinders during low speeds and engine start-stop as such.
All 608 PS and 900 Nm of torque is transferred to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic gearbox. A unique feature of the transmission is that it can automatically shift the engine to 'idle', allowing the car to coast or sail on the road. This can only be activated between 5th to 8th gear when the driver releases the throttle. When the throttle is reapplied or the car detects it is going downhill, the transmission is re-engaged.
First deliveries of the Bentley Bentayga will commence next year and will soon be available with a diesel or a plug-in hybrid powertrain.