This is Bentley’s first ever SUV and it goes by the name of “Bentayga” and is essentially a production version of the EXP 9 F concept. It’s being characterized by the British marque as the fastest, most powerful and most luxurious model in this segment and as you can see its design takes cues from existing models from Crewe, such as the Continental GT and the Flying Spur.
The model uses the MLB Evo platform which means it has a lot in common with the second generation Audi Q7. Thanks to the aluminum-intensive construction, the Bentayga weighs 236 kg less in comparison to if it were made from steel like most cars are nowadays. It will be available with a choice of 20- to 22-inch alloy wheels in various designs and all of the cars are getting aluminum roof rails and LED headlights & taillights.
While the exterior design won’t be to everyone’s liking, the luxurious interior cabin should be appealing for most of us as a result of the high-end materials, standard panoramic glass roof (with electric roller blind) and an 8-inch touchscreen display part of the infotainment system. It also comes with 22-way adjustable front seats which are not only ventilated and heated, but also boast a massaging function for utmost comfort.
Interestingly, Bentley will offer a four-seater version with two individual rear seats divided by a small center console featuring USB charging ports, storage compartments and cup holders. At an additional cost, the Bentayga can be specified with dual 10.2-inch Android tablets along with an impressive 1,950-watt Naim for Bentley Premium Audio system.
Underneath the imposing hood resides a beefy W12 6.0-liter twin turbocharged gasoline engine that pumps out an impressive 600 bhp and 900 Nm of torque channeled to a four-wheel drive system through an 8-speed automatic gearbox. This hardware setup grants the Bentley SUV with a 0-96 kmph run in just four seconds on its way to a 301 kmph top speed. Not like it matters a lot on such a vehicle, but the Bentayga is capable of doing 7.8 kmpl which for a model of this size and weight is not that bad.
Deliveries of Bentley’s high-riding model are programmed to start at the beginning of next year, with pricing to be announced very soon.