Some of the camo is starting to come off the new Bentley Bentayga facelift.
With new seating options that can fit up to seven occupants, the Bentley Bentayga is more versatile than ever. This isn't the only update the opulent SUV is receiving, however, as Bentley is busy preparing the Bentayga for a mid-cycle facelift three years after it first went on sale.
Since our last look at a Bentley Bentayga facelift prototype back in August, some of the camouflage has stripped away, giving us a clearer look at some of the styling changes we can expect. At first glance, it looks nearly identical to the current model, but there are some subtle changes inspired by the new Bentley Flying Spur.
The tape covering the front suggests the Bentayga will be getting a new grille and headlights and a redesigned front bumper. The new headlight design is partially revealed, but the rear light design is more visible. Judging from the new light graphics, the rear lights will be slimmer on the facelifted Bentayga. The rear bumper will also be tweaked. These changes should help keep the Bentayga looking fresh to fight off new luxury SUV competitors such as the recently unveiled Aston Martin DBX.
We weren't sent any shots of the cabin, but the Bentayga facelift is likely to borrow tech from the Continental GT and Flying Spur such as a swanky rotating infotainment display. Engine options will also likely mirror the Flying Spur, so expect it to pack a 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 producing 626 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque. This is the same unit that powers the Bentayga Speed, which is currently the fastest SUV in the world with a top speed of 190 mph. This makes it even faster than the Lamborghini Urus, but we'll have to wait and see if Bentley is planning to extract more power.
Bentley hasn't confirmed when the updated Bentayga will break cover, but we're expecting it to debut in 2020 and go on sale as a 2021 model.