Is Bentley planning on using Bacalar styling cues?
It's safe to say that Bentley's first-ever luxury SUV, the Bentayga, has been a monumental success. Since it debuted in 2015, 20,000 examples of the Bentley Bentayga have rolled off the production line - an impressive feat for a luxury SUV that starts at $168,300. It's already one of the automaker's most popular models, despite being relatively new compared to the Continental GT and Flying Spur.
To keep the opulent SUV looking fresh, Bentley is preparing to give the Bentayga a facelift for the 2021 model year. As spy shots have shown, the styling changes will be fairly minor. But what if the upcoming Bentayga facelift was inspired by the radical Bentley Bacalar developed by the brand's Mulliner customization division?
Digital artist, Kleber Silva, was wondering the same thing, so they envisioned a mash-up of the Bentayga and Bacalar by applying the Bacalar's dramatic front fascia to the luxury SUV, and the result is simply stunning.
At the front, the Bacalar's distinctive egg-shaped headlights with LED strips don't look out of place on the Bentayga, while its larger grille, prominent hood vents, front air intakes, and front splitter makes the Bentayga look more menacing. It also sits on the Bacalar's striking diamond-cut 22-inch alloy wheels. In reality, the new Bentley Bentayga facelift will look nothing like this, but it's still fun to fantasize about.
Instead, the styling changes will be inspired by the new Bentley Flying Spur. Prototypes have been spied with a subtly-revised grille, headlights, and bumper. Inside, the interior will also be upgraded with the latest infotainment system shared with the Continental GT and Flying Spur, along with a fully digital instrument cluster and the latest safety tech.
While the Bacalar is powered by Bentley's 6.0-liter W12 engine that produces 650 horsepower and 667 lb-ft of torque, the Bentayga facelift's W12 unit is expected to produce 626 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque, matching the Flying Spur. We don't have a debut date yet, but the Bentley Bentayga facelift is expected to break cover later this year and go on sale as a 2021 year model.