Bentley's SUV is now up to par with its coupe and sedan.
Towards the end of 2019, Bentley was spotted testing a prototype version of its Bentayga SUV in preparation for a facelift. Today, the 2021 Bentley Bentayga arrives sporting many of the amazing luxury details found in the Continental GT and Flying Spur. The Bentayga was the first in a new segment of ultra-luxury SUVs when it arrived back in 2015, selling more than 20,000 units since its introduction. With this new facelift, Bentley hopes to put its best-seller back on the top of people's shopping lists.
"From the moment of its launch nearly five years ago, the Bentayga has been the very definition of the luxury SUV," Adrian Hallmark, Chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors remarked. "Like the Continental GT, The Bentayga created an entirely new part of the market, and since we set the benchmark, many others have joined the sector, but no other can coffer a breadth of ability to rival the Bentayga. We've listened to our customers and made improvements to the areas most important to them."
The facelift begins on the exterior where the Bentayga wears a new front fascia that looks more in-line with the Continental GT and Flying Spur. A larger matrix grille has been mounted more upright and is flanked by matrix LED headlights that were inspired by crystal glassware. Heated windshield wipers are a new addition and feature 22 washer jets in each arm. Other exterior changes include a new rear end design with Continental GT-inspired taillights, full-width tailgate, and split tailpipes. Bentley has also added new 22-inch wheel designs, which are specific to the Bentayga.
Inside, the Bentayga's technology has been massively upgraded and more closely lines up with the company's other models. Bentley's 'wing' dashboard has been carried over including a new center fascia, a new steering wheel, and a new 10.9-inch display with edge-to-edge graphics, though it is not the same unit found in the Continental GT. It may not rotate but this new screen does include Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay and is paired with a new digital gauge cluster display that can also show a full map.
Ventilated seats are now offered in the rear where back seat occupants gain up to 3.93 inches of legroom. As with other Bentley models, a removable touchscreen tablet allows rear-seat passengers to control the climate and infotainment features remotely. Some new trim options include dark tint diamond-brushed aluminum and Koa and Crown Cut Walnut wood. New quilting and micro-piping options are available for the seats as well.
Under the hood, the 2021 Bentayga will debut with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 delivering 542 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque sending power to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. This is the same output found in last year's model, which could hit 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. The top speed of the V8 model is 180 mph.
Bentley says a W12-powered Speed model and a plug-in hybrid (likely with a V6 engine) will be available later this year. No official pricing figures have been announced but we expect only a small increase over the 2020 Bentayca's starting MSRP of $168,300.