Bentley’s best-selling Bentayga luxury 4X4 has been given a significant make-over and upgrade to make it look and feel even more dynamic following feedback from its wealthy customers.
Priced from £146,700 – an increase of £7,100 – first deliveries are from July.
Bentley bosses have given the revamped Bentayga a more ‘dynamic’ fresh look front and back as well as a host of interior and hi-tech tweaks and improvements – including more comfortable seats and greater rear passenger legroom – after ‘listening to customers’.
Bentley’s sportier Bentayga: Priced from £146,700 – an increase of £7,100 – first deliveries are from July
They also drew ‘inspiration’ from the third generation Continental GT and the new Flying Spur to maintain a Bentley family feel.
Following Bentley’s centenary last year, the new Bentayga is the first car launched under the firm’s new ‘Beyond100’ business strategy towards greater electrification – and ultimately an all-electric car – that the company says will see it become ‘the world leader in sustainable luxury mobility.’
However, as part of its financial restructuring – accelerated in the wake of the corona-virus epidemic – Bentley has also announced it is axing 1,000 jobs, around a quarter of its 4,200 strong workforce, at its factory in Crewe.
The British car brand has outlined its electric future
Bentley’s first fully-electric luxury car will be launched ‘within five to six years’, said the firm’s chairman and Chief executive Adrian Hallmark during a live-streamed outdoor online press conference to launch the new Bentayga held close to the firm’s Crewe headquarters.
The key stages towards electrification would be the next plug-in hybrid and break-throughs for better battery technology that allows greater range.
Mr Hallmark said: ‘We’re on track for our first full battery electric vehicle within five to six years maximum. We’re already on our journey.’
That is how long he predicted it would take to create batteries of sufficient power and density to give their ‘grand tourer’ a sufficiently long range.
If someone could invent better batteries now, it would be even sooner he said.
It would allow families and customers to enjoy the practicality of a large 4X4 without being criticised for high fuel consumption, he said: : ‘Electrification is the perfect solution for us as a brand. We’re very excited about it.
‘We make grand tourers. But the battery power is currently not sufficient to give the range required.’
But he stressed: ’The vast majority of our customers buy Bentleys because they drive them every day.’
He noted he could already achieve 60mpg in his current Bentayga plug-in hybrid by charging every two days.
Asked whether a smaller Bentley SUV was planned for what is a booming sector, he dodged the question but did not deny it and said mischievously : ’We have lots of ideas about subsequent vehicles.’
With the Crewe factory now back in production and observing social distancing measures, Mr Hallmark also revealed that the company was conducting 600 corona-virus tests per week and had its own internal ‘track and trace’ system in operation.
‘It’s already detected four people who had no symptoms of Covid-19’, he said.
He noted during a socially distanced conversation that the width of the new Bentayga was almost exactly 2 metres – the current safe-distance.
More than 20,000 of the first generation Bentaygas have been sold since launch in late 2015 and bosses hope the new model will continue to boost sales. In 2019 Bentayga accounted for 45 per cent of global sales.
At launch the new Bentayga will be powered by the existing 4.0-litre twin-turbo-charged 550-horse-power V8 petrol engine linked to an eight-speed automatic gearbox giving it a top speed of 180 mph and 0-60 mph acceleration in 4.4 seconds. It has a range of 397 miles with CO2 emissions of 302 g/km and fuel economy: 21.2 mpg. When suitable, it can de-activate four of its eight cylinders without compromising the drive. A plug-in petrol-electric hybrid version and a 190mph 6.0 litre W12 Speed – the fastest SUV in the world – is to follow.
Larger oval-shaped split sport exhaust pipes echo the design of the rear lamps
The restyled ‘face’ of the new Bentayga features new elliptical LED headlamps – the first time seen on a Bentley – which sits about 30mm higher on the more ‘dominant’ sweeping bonnet
Design bosses were said to have drawn ‘inspiration’ from the third generation Continental GT
Bentley stressed: ’The Hybrid will be Bentley’s most efficient model ever and is the company’s first step towards electrification’.
The restyled ‘face’ of the new Bentayga features new elliptical LED headlamps – the first time seen on a Bentley – which sits about 30mm higher on the more ‘dominant’ sweeping bonnet.
Every panel at the front and rear of the car has been redesigned for a ‘cleaner and more modern look’ that exudes elegant muscularity and confidence.
The matrix grille is bigger and more upright to look more ‘assertive’ and the front bumpers made more ‘aggressive.’
At the restyled rear there’s an all-new full-width tailgate in which new elliptical and jewellery-like tail-lights (carried across from the Continental GT) have been set. The licence plate has moved down into the bumper to allow more prominent ‘Bentley’ lettering above.
Every panel at the front and rear of the car has been redesigned for a ‘cleaner and more modern look’
The car can hit 60mph from a standstill in 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 180mph
Larger oval-shaped split sport exhaust pipes echo the design of the rear lamps.
An extended roof-spoiler makes the vehicle look longer and more athletic.
Head of exterior design John Paul ‘JP’ Gregory said: ’The new Bentayga now has a much greater road presence. It is a more self-confident looking SUV from whatever angle you look at the car.’
The restyled cabin includes a more contemporary interior, new door trims and steering wheel, a redesigned central fascia and digital instrument cluster with improved high resolution graphics, and new more comfortable and sculpted seats giving more support, especially around the shoulder area.
The new digital driver’s information panel is similar to the Continental GT and new Flying Spur. A bigger and brighter high-resolution 10.9-inch infotainment touchscreen has anti-reflection and anti-glare coating. Apple CarPlay is now standard along with Android Auto.
The next generation head-up display helps improve navigation with a three-dimensional display and satellite maps.
The head-up display can also now project traffic information, street and names and distance to destination.
The matrix grille is bigger and more upright to look more ‘assertive’ and the front bumpers made more ‘aggressive’
The restyled cabin includes a more contemporary interior, new door trims and steering wheel, a redesigned central fascia and digital instrument cluster with improved high resolution graphics
The central pair of traditional ‘bullseye’ centre vents have been replaced by a sculptured single vent.
A long pocket along the side of the centre console carries smaller items, such as a mobile phone.
A wireless inductive phone charger with signal booster sits directly in front of the gear lever.
Bentley’s head of interior design Darren Day said: ‘Alongside from the more obvious changes to the centre console, seats and door trims, it’s the little features customers may not notice at first that add up to make the difference in new Bentayga.‘ It might be the new, horizontal grab handle in the door, or the unique seat stitching – each one emphasising how the design team has gone the extra mile. New Bentayga will be a voyage of discovery for our customers.’
Customers can choose from three versatile seating configurations: standard five-seat; an optional four-seat with two individual rear seats separated by a centre console; and a three-row, seven-seat set-up for maximum practicality and flexibility.
Customers can choose from three versatile seating configurations: standard five-seat; an optional four-seat with two individual rear seats separated by a centre console; and a three-row, seven-seat set-up for maximum practicality and flexibility
A bigger and brighter high-resolution 10.9-inch infotainment touchscreen has anti-reflection and anti-glare coating. Apple CarPlay is now standard along with Android Auto
The five-seater features an all-new seat frame which doubles the travel of the rear-seat recline angle and now also has the option of rear-seat ventilation, previously available only on the four-seat cabin.
The four-seat Bentayga enjoys a 30 mm increase in knee room in the upright seated position, increasing to nearly 100 mm in the reclined position.
Rear seat passengers enjoy new, larger five-inch touch-screen remote control tablets, similar to that introduced in the all-new Flying Spur.
Visibility is improved thanks to new heated, wet-arm windscreen wipers introduced for the first time with an array of 22 washer jets in each arm. Bentley notes: ‘The system means no distracting spray and dramatically improves the cleaning of the glass.’
Will it fit in my garage? 2020 Bentley Bentayga
Price: from £146,700
First deliveries: July 2020
Length: 5125 mm
Height: 1742 mm
Width (including mirrors): 2222 mm
Weight: 2416 kg
Engine: 4.0-litre V8 , 32-valve dual twin-scroll turbocharged petrol
Power: 550PS/ 542 bhp.
(Plug-in hybrid and 6.0 litre W12 Speed versions to follow)
Gears: eight-speed automatic
Top speed: 180mph
0-60mph: 4.4 seconds
0-62mph: 4.5 seconds
Range: 397 miles
CO2 emissions: 302 g/km.
Fuel economy: 21.2 mpg
It can de-activate four of its eight cylinders in suitable conditions, without compromising the drive
Each headlamp contains 82 powerful LED elements and there are three adaptive headlamp settings depending on location: Town operating below 30mph projects a short wide beam for urban areas; Country for between 30mph and 60mph lifts to a narrower beam, and Motorway rises and intensifies the beam.
Driver and passengers can arrive at their destinations feeling more refreshed thanks to onboard air ionisers which emit negatively charged particles from the central air conditioning vents to enhance cabin air purity and customer ‘wellness’.
Bentley explained: ‘These create a static charge around pollutants such as dust or allergens in the air, which in turn cause them to stick to the nearest surface. The result is to remove such contaminants from the air that the customer breathes.’
A striking new 22-inch wheel design is available in two finishes, expanding the number of available wheel designs to five.
A 20 mm increase to the rear track width brings dynamic benefit and repositions the wheels in their arches to improve the car’s stance.
For the first time time a Bentley there is the option of a dark tint diamond brushed aluminium trim, as well as two straight-grained veneers new to Bentayga: Koa and Crown Cut Walnut. The more bespoke ‘Mulliner Driving Specification’ adds a new quilting design, and micro piping detailing is a new option for the seats.
Two new colours are added to the Bentayga palette – Viridian, a dark shade of metallic green based on the colour of the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept car, and Patina – a luxury-focused mid-tone off-white. There is also wide scope for individual personalisation.
Bentley’s chairman and chief executive Adrian Hallmark said: ‘From its moment of launch nearly five years ago, the Bentayga has been the very definition of the luxury SUV. ‘
He stressed: ‘We’ve listened to our customers and made improvements to the areas most important to them, and the new Bentayga is a thoroughly modern and beautiful extension of the original car’s abilities and achievements.’