Bentley Bentayga gets styling and technology updates


Bentley has updated the Bentayga SUV with the brand’s latest design language and new on-board technology. The styling updates may not look substantial until you see the rear-end of the vehicle.

But first, let’s talk about the front fascia. The grille is now larger and a bit more upright and pushes the new LED matrix headlights further apart, raising them 30 mm higher. The headlights are now elliptical and feature the marque’s now-signature crystal design, which makes them appear to sparkle even when not lit.

There are heated, wet-arm windscreen wipers for the first time, with 22 washer jets in each arm.

The side profile remains largely unchanged while at the rear, you’ll see more updates. There are elliptical taillights similar to that of the Continental GT. The lattice pattern offers a unique jewelry-like appearance when illuminated, with a deep, 3D glow. Also, the rear track is wider by 20 mm.


Rounding off the exterior looks are new 22-inch wheels, available in two finishes. Two new colours have been added to the exterior colour palette: Viridian – a dark shade of metallic green based on the colour of the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept car, and Patina – mid-tone off-white finish.

Buyers can also go for Blackline Specification that replaces all exterior chrome bits with black versions.

The refreshed cabin features a pair of new central air vents (from the Flying Spur) that replace the traditional ‘bullseye’ circular vents. A Breitling clock has been neatly integrated into the centre of those wing-shaped vents. Other features include a new 10.9-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity, USB-C ports, wireless smartphone charging, My Bentley connected services enabled by an embedded SIM, and 12-speaker Bentley audio system. Options include a 20-speaker Naim audio system.


A new quilting design is included in Mulliner Driving Specification, while buyers can choose from 8 sustainably-sourced veneers including two straight grained options: Koa and Crown Cut Walnut. A dark-tinted, diamond brushed aluminium accents are available as an option in a Bentley for the first time.

Bentley claims to have improved the seating comfort as well. The 5-seat Bentayga benefits from a new seat frame, which doubles the travel of the rear-seat recline angle. The 5-seater also gets the option of rear-seat ventilation, which was previously available only on the 4-seater.

The 4-seat Bentayga benefits from a 30 mm increase in knee room in the upright seated position, with an improvement of almost 100 mm in the reclined position, Bentley said.

The rear seat passengers also get a 5-inch touchscreen tablet to control the functions. It has got a quad-core processor and 1 GB of RAM.


Moving on to the business end of the story, the updated Bentayga is powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine, producing 405 kW (550 hp) and 770 Nm (568 lb-ft) of torque. The engine is paired with an 8-speed automatic gearbox that drives all four wheels. The SUV is claimed to sprint from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 290 km/h (180 mph).

The Bentley Dynamic Ride – electric active roll control technology, has been further enhanced in new Bentayga by a 20 mm track increase at the rear, the company said.

At a later date, a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid variant will join the lineup. There’ll also be the Bentayga Speed with a 6.0L W12 TSI engine.

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