Bentley’s Bentayga has lengthy polarized opinion. The EXP 9F idea that teased Bentley’s first-ever SUV, unveiled on the 2012 Geneva Auto Show, was panned for its ostentatious detailing and outsized design cues shoehorned onto a platform that didn’t enable the sleek proportions anticipated from the long-lasting British luxurious model. The ostentation was toned down by the point the manufacturing Bentayga hit the streets in 2016, however the resolution to construct the automotive on VW Group’s MLB structure meant it remained proportionally challenged.
The facelifted 2021 Bentley Bentayga remains to be no shrinking violet. The proportions haven’t modified, however a number of styling tweaks are designed to make the 2021 Bentayga look decrease and wider and extra confidently planted on the street. And Bentley hasn’t spared a lot expense: Nearly each panel, save for the roof and the door skins, is new.
Inside is a revised inside with a middle console much like that within the good-looking new Flying Spur sedan. The sprint contains the 10.9-inch contact display screen used within the Flying Spur and Continental GT, in addition to sundry Porsches, mounted underneath a brand new central vent that’s designed to echo Bentley’s famed wing brand. As with these automobiles, the brand new infotainment software program delivers splendidly clear graphics and a excessive diploma of reconfigurability by way of shows and knowledge. Apple CarPlay is now commonplace, and Android Auto accessible for the primary time in a Bentley.
Different inside adjustments embody a brand new configurable digital sprint show, redesigned seats, new door trim, and a brand new steering wheel. The rear seat is moved again barely and given a extra upright backrest to enhance the house’s knee room, and rear-seat passengers management numerous capabilities by way of a distant contact display screen.
Exterior, the brand new hood, new entrance fenders, a wider grille flanked by extra broadly spaced headlights, plus a brand new bumper give the facelifted Bentayga a touch of the good-looking Flying Spur sedan from the entrance on. On the rear, a clamshell tailgate comparable in idea to that used on the Audi Q7 permits for a scalloped horizontal part and oval taillights that recall these of the brand new Bentley Continental GT. The brand new tailgate design meant Bentley needed to design a complete new bodyside stamping to accommodate the broader one-piece design.
The brand new matrix beam headlights are an evolution of the cut-glass type seen on the Flying Spur and Continental GT, and have 48 LEDs every, which permits the lamps to actively tailor the unfold of sunshine on the street forward. The system contains completely different lighting modes tailor-made for metropolis, nation, and freeway driving. The elliptical taillights function a brand new three-dimensional lattice sample.
The horizontally themed graphics entrance and rear make the facelifted Bentayga look wider, although the general width is the truth is unchanged from the present mannequin. What has modified, nonetheless, is the rear observe, which has been pushed out 0.Four inch on either side. Because of this, the large Bentley now seems to be much less over-bodied on the rear. The broader rear observe additionally helps enhance turn-in response and mid-corner grip, Bentley engineers say. The suspension is in any other case unchanged, with height-adjustable triple chamber air springs at every nook, and physique motions stored in examine by the extremely efficient 48-volt anti-roll system.
Additionally unchanged is the powertrain. The 2021 Bentyaga will launch with the versatile Porsche-designed twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-Eight underneath the hood, as this engine accounts for 70 p.c of Bentayga gross sales worldwide. With 542 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque, the engine sends its grunt to all 4 wheels via an eight-speed automated transmission. Bentley claims the engine will take the 5326-pound Bentayga to 60 mph in 4.Four seconds, to 100 mph in 9.9 seconds, and to a prime pace of 180 mph.
The Bentayga V-Eight will later be joined by the Bentayga Hybrid, whose plug-in powertrain contains a 335-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 working with a 126-hp electrical motor to provide a complete system output of 443 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. The Bentayga Hybrid is about 0.8-second slower to 60 mph and about 2.7 seconds slower to 100 mph than the V-8. Its prime pace is south of 160 mph.
Twelve-cylinder variations of the facelifted Bentayga will solely be provided in Velocity specification, primarily as a result of that’s how most prospects are ordering the 627-hp crossover SUV anyway. The US, together with Russia and the Center East, stays a key marketplace for this 190 mph mannequin.
A brand new 22-inch wheel, accessible in two finishes, is unique to Bentayga for the 2021 mannequin yr and brings the overall variety of wheel choices to 5. Two new colours, Viridian (a darkish metallic inexperienced) and Patina (a mid-tone off-white) are added to the already intensive coloration palette.
The 2021 Bentayga comes commonplace with seating for 5, however luxurious four-seat and child-friendly seven-seat choices can be found. Additionally non-compulsory is a brand new Naim audio system boasting 1,780 watts of energy and 20 audio system, together with lively bass audio system underneath the entrance seats, and super-tweeters within the A- and B-pillars.
Polarizing or not, the actual fact stays that Bentley bought greater than 20,000 Bentaygas worldwide for the reason that mannequin’s launch in November 2015, making it the fastest-selling mannequin within the model’s historical past. And greater than 70 p.c of Bentayga consumers are new to the Bentley model. The 2021 Bentley Bentayga remains to be no magnificence, however the numbers counsel it received’t matter. Love is blind.