2021 Bentley Bentayga | Luxury SUV Unveiled with New Styling, More Tech and Even More Confidence
The SUV market has seen rapid growth and tremendous demand over the last five-plus years. It’s safe to say the Bentley Bentayga was the first true luxury SUV to arrive and has since been challenged by a few but dethroned by none. And that’s just the numbers speaking for themselves. Since arriving in 2015, more than 20,000 Bentayga’s have rolled out the factory in Crewe, giving customers around the world an experience that only this iconic, 100-year-old brand can deliver. With the new 2021 Bentayga, we see the first vehicle coming from Bentley’s Beyond100 plan, the future vision of the brand’s next one hundred years.
With the redesigns of both the Continental GT and Flying Spur in the last year or so, the Bentayga definitely needed to be brought up to the times and this new design does just that. Much of what we’ve seen from the Bentayga’s stablemates has been translated here, from the crystal-cut glass in the headlamps to the taillights resembling those of the all-new GT and GT Convertible. From the A pillar upward, almost everything’s new. Each matrix headlamp features 48 LEDs with adjustable modes that auto adapt to the experience. You’ll notice the bonnet’s been lifted to give it a more up-right stance. Heated, wet-arm windscreen wipers are seen here for the first time as well. The rear features an all-new look and makes full use of the widened 20m stance. The wrap-around trunk lid emphasizes this a bit more and features a horseshoe design to enhance things further. Just moving the license plate into the bumper has helped to clean up the rear and bring attention to the new encapsulated lamps.
As mentioned, the track’s been widened a bit, adding 10mm to each side. Though the overall length and wheelbase of the Bentayga remains the same as its predecessor, Bentley’s made subtle enhancements that are making a huge difference, especially to the later control and steering feel. The side profile of the new Bentayga remains fairly unchanged but benefits from the all-new front and rear and that widened stance translate well here, helping to give the 2021 Bentley Bentayga a more refined look.
The new Bentayga’s interior has been enhanced as well, blending new materials and detailing with modern tech for a more connected experience. Where the exterior might see elements from the GT and Flying Spur, the interior features dark tint diamond brushed aluminium finish trim, a Bentley first. There are also two sustainable veneers, straight-grained and new to Bentayga: Koa and Crown Cut Walnut. Mulliner Driving Specification pulls in a new quilting design while micro piping detailing is a new option for the seats as well.
And though the Flying Spur has made Bentley’s rear-seat experience famous, the new Bentayga is pulling in a limousine experience of its own. All five seats feature both heating and cooling options while the Flying Spur’s touchscreen remote gives rear passengers full control of the drive, even when they’re not behind the wheel. Everything’s managed through Bentley’s next generation, 10.9-inch infotainment system which is perfectly blended into the Bentley ‘wing’ dashboard design. Wireless Apple CarPlay is standard as are USB-C data ports and a wireless phone charger. The new Bentayga also comes with an embedded SIM which means My Bentley connected car features no longer require customers to provide their own data connection.
The Bentley Bentayga is the perfect blend of tech, comfort, and performance. Where many are afraid to tack on miles to their luxury cars, Bentayga customers have proven just how versatile the SUV can be and how apt it is for daily driving. With that in mind, Bentley’s launching the new Bentayga in its 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 form. It packs a punch and keeps the Bentayga a bit lighter on its feet. Plug-in Hybrid and W12-powered Speed versions are coming later this year.
See more of the new 2021 Bentley Bentayga in the gallery and head to your nearest Bentley showroom to see it in the weeks ahead.