Extra luxury incoming for the uber-SUV.
Five years after it debuted, the Bentley Bentayga received a mild refresh for the 2021 model year with subtle styling changes including a larger grille, tweaked headlights, and a new side vent. Since the original model's launch, Bentley has also expanded the Bentayga family with new Hybrid and Speed variants, with the latter still holding the record for the fastest standard production SUV in the world. Now, our spies have caught Bentley testing an all-new version of the Bentayga with an extended wheelbase to help bolster sales. Yes, Bentley's luxury barge is about to get even more opulent.
To accommodate the longer wheelbase, the rear doors have been stretched, but the body looks otherwise identical to the regular Bentayga.
Measuring 202.4 inches long, 87.6 inches wide including the mirrors, and with a 117.9-inch wheelbase, the regular Bentayga isn't exactly compact, but the stretched version will be even more luxurious inside thanks to the increased legroom for rear passengers. Time will tell if Rolls-Royce will offer an extended wheelbase version of the Cullinan to compete with the stretched Bentayga.
Like the regular SUV, the Bentayga Extended Wheelbase will be offered with either a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 542 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque or a 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 rated at 600 hp and 664 lb-ft. Power will be sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Bentley's electrified powertrain used in the Bentayga Hybrid, pairing an Audi-sourced 3.0-liter V6 TFSi with a 94 kW electric motor generating a combined 443 hp and 516 lb-ft, will also likely be carried over to the longer-wheelbase SUV.
Bentley hasn't announced when the extended-wheelbase Bentayga will be unveiled, but we're expecting it to debut next year judging from the prototype's stage of development. The standard SUV starts at $177,000 for the V8 version and $219,430 for the W12 variant but expect the extended-wheelbase variant to be even more expensive when it goes on sale.