Bentley Bentayga LWB Coming To Battle The New Range Rover

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Back in February, our spies caught Bentley testing a new version of the Bentayga with a noticeably longer wheelbase. We were expecting it to debut by the end of this year, but Bentley has kept it under wraps. Ten months later, Bentley has been spied testing another stretched Bentayga prototype, so it looks like production has been delayed.

This is not an ideal situation for Bentley as competition in the luxury SUV segment has intensified with the recent unveiling of the all-new 2022 Land Rover Range Rover, which is available with either a standard or long wheelbase, with the latter providing an extra eight inches of space between the axles.

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Like before, the Bentayga long-wheelbase prototype is disguised in foil with "Beyond 100" lettering signifying the luxury automaker's electrification strategy. We can see the rear doors have been stretched to accommodate the longer wheelbase, but there are no other obvious design changes.

We'll have to wait for the official announcement to find out the dimensions, but the standard Bentley Bentayga measures 202.3 inches long and has a 117.9-inch long wheelbase. With a longer wheelbase, the cabin will have more space for rear passengers to relax and stretch their legs.

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Rumors suggest the long-wheelbase Bentayga will only be offered with Bentley's 6.0-liter W12 that produces 600 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque and is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The standard Bentayga is also available with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 542 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque and a plug-in hybrid powertrain that combines a 3.0-liter V6 TFSi with a 94-kW electric motor to generate 443 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.

With testing continuing, we're expecting the new long-wheelbase version of the Bentayga to break cover in early 2022. It's not clear yet if it will be sold in the US or exclusively in China like the long-wheelbase Range Rover Evoque.

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