There are some luxury carmakers that have a strong image of being associated with a particular segment and when they want to deviate from that, the act becomes news itself. Bentley is one such example. The iconic carmaker with a legacy of a century was never known for making SUVs. Its famous Continental GT lineup was not a SUV in proper sense of the word. Anyways when the company announced it will jump on the SUV bandwagon, the expectations were high. The first prototype of the 2017 Bentley Bentayga SUV was shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015.
2017 Bentley Bentayga SUV – Body Styles Changes and other Options
The 2017 Bentayga SUV is touted to be the most powerful, expensive and fastest in its segment. Bentley played it safe by using the identical design language used in Continental GT with modifications to suit a SUV. At the front side, you get the familiar matrix engine grille as well as 4 rounded headlamps. The bumper also resembles that of 2016 Continental GT with identical large side intakes. The headlamps are however smaller. The side is somewhat reminiscent of Range Rover vibe. The large 20/22 inch wheels make it look impressive from side. At the rear side there is oval-shaped tail lights and bumper with large exhaust outlets. Bentley also placed a big spoiler at the back. The body panels are made mostly of aluminum and this has been done purposely to keep the weight on lower side. 60 percent of roof surface of the Bentayga is composed of glass. Of course, there is solid steel for crash-protection.
Just like the exterior, the interior of 2017 Bentayga SUV is reminiscent of Continental GT. The similarity is evident in parts like steering wheel, center stack, dashboard and raised armrests. The cabin is quite spacious with handcrafted leather, metal and wood being used in abundance. The eight-inch touch screen is used for entertainment controls and car information display. The front seats can be adjusted in as many as 22 ways! The seats are also equipped with massaging, ventilation and heating features to offer optimum comfort. It comes in both 4 and 5 seater variants. Bentley may even release a 7 seater model in future. The Bentayga is extremely customizable and customization extends to floor carpet, wood colors and shades of leather etc. The leg and headroom is generous in the model. When it comes to safety and infotainment, Bentley cannot disappoint! The 2017 Bentley Bentayga has 10.2-inch Android tablet as seat entertainment and there is an 18-speaker combo audio system by Naim. There are features like adaptive cruise control, electronic night vision and hill descent control. The safety features included are a wide range of airbag, Rear Crossing Traffic Warning, Park Assist and Around-View Monitor. The front infotainment unit supports Apple Car Play.
2017 Bentley Bentayga SUV – Modification under the Hood
The 2017 Bentley Bentayga SUV will be offered in a variety of power trains since the company is preparing for global launch. A diesel engine will also be offered, a new move by the company. The top-notch model will get a W12 engine. The turbocharged W12 TSI engine is equipped with new fuel injection technology and friction reduction. The engine will generate a whopping 600 HP. This will be mated with an all-wheel drive eight-speed automatic transmission gearbox. Bentley says this will be the fastest ever SUV of the world. The 2017 Bentley Bentayga SUV will have a top sped of 301 km/h. Other than this, the 4.0 TFSI engine and 4.1-liter, V8 diesel engines can be used by the company. Despite its luxury classification, the 2017 Bentley Bentayga SUV can actually be taken off-road. The electronic active role control and four-mode adjustable air suspension enables the SUV to sail through rough terrains. The Driver Information Panel shows details like compass bearing, steering angle, wheel articulation etc.
2017 Bentley Bentayga SUV – Pricing and Availability
The 2017 Bentley Bentayga will come with a price tag of $229,100 and it will start selling in 2016. There are not too many contenders that can lock horns with the 2017 Bentley Bentayga SUV, as it is. The ultra luxury SUV segment is not very crowded as of now. The 2017 Bentley Bentayga SUV will find a rival in the mighty Land Rover Range Rover LWB. It is a luxurious SUV that tackles rough terrains smoothly. Anther contender that may give the Bentayga some fight is the Mercedes-Maybach GLS. The long-term British rival of Bentayga, Rolls-Royce is bringing out a SUV too. There is simply nothing not to like the 2017 Bentley Bentayga SUV. It costs a fortune but that is true of any car belonging to ultra luxury segment. The 2017 Bentley Bentayga SUV has undergone extensive testing and attention to detail in craftsmanship is astounding. It requires 130 hours to build even before customizations can be applied. These, coupled with sheet power and inclusion of safety and entertainment options make it a killer.