Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
Five years after introducing the Bentayga model, Bentley decided that it was a perfect time to change it during the word pandemic situation in 2020.
The first Bentley SUV in history was the Bentayga. When it was unveiled, it featured a mix of luxury, performance, and comfort. After five years and 20.000 units handcrafted at the Crewe factory in the U.K., the model received an update in 2020.
For starters, Bentley offered the Bentayga in two engine choices: the Bentayga and the Bentayga Speed. The regular version featured the new design language introduced by the Continental GT and the Flying Spur. The larger, assertive matrix grille was more upright, while unique, intelligent LED matrix headlamp technology included the signature Bentley design. A more aggressive front bumper emphasized the performance characteristics of the car. The windscreen wipers were fitted with 22 washer jets in each arm, creating a wet-arm. In the back, the Bentayga went through a complete changeover and a new, full-width, tailgate with encapsulated taillights.
The interior offered the same level of luxury as before, but with a new design. The designers made a new dashboard, new door panels, and new seats. The rear seats featured ventilation as an option. A new generation infotainment system was integrated into the dashboard and featured a 10.9” display screen. It was Apple CarPlay compatible and Android Auto on selected markets. The instrument cluster was wholly digital and configurable to suit driver preferences.
Bentley installed the turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 under Bentayga’s hood. It was a state-of-the-art engine with direct fuel injection. It was mated to a standard 8-speed automatic transmission, and the power went into all four corners.
Bentley introduced the fourth version for its SUV Bentayga in 2021, the S-version, which was tuned for spirited on-road driving without giving up its off-road abilities.
The Bentayga shared its platform with the Porsche Cayenne and the Audi Q7, but it was built on a higher quality level and with much more expensive materials. Still, Bentley built it in its carbon-neutral factory from Crewe, in the U.K.
Visually, there were quite a few differences between the regular Bentayga and the S-version. At the front, the carmaker installed smoked headlights and gloss-black lower bumpers. The trapezoidal lower grille at the front and the side scoops were also painted in black. On the sides, the carmaker added S-badges on the front doors. A new set of unique 22” light-alloy wheels enhanced the sporty appearance of the big SUV, while at the back, the lower black edge and the black split oval exhausts completed the aggressive image of the car.
Inside, there was an enhanced interior with new, higher bolsters for the bucket seats and new pads on the door cards. The three-spoke steering wheel sported red stitching and aluminum trim on the lower side. A few S-badges were placed around the cabin, in front of the passenger, and inside the instrument panel.
Under the hood, the carmaker installed a 4.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged engine paired to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. A new active suspension system reacted faster to provide better cornering abilities, which worked together with the Electronic Stability Control and the Bentley Dynamic Ride system.
Bentley made its first step towards electrification when it introduced the Bentayga Hybrid at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
When Bentley launched the Bentayga in 2015, the world was in shock. Even though the luxurious SUV was shown as a concept car three years before the official launch, not many customers believed that Bentley would produce the car. Yet, it came, and it was the fastest SUV in the world and shared its platform with the Porsche Cayenne.
It was the tallest Bentley ever made. Its front fascia featured two large LED headlights and an additional round lamp for the turn signals and daytime running lights. Between them, the broad and tall mesh-grille resembled the Continental range. On the lower side of the bumper, the carmaker placed another grille extended from side to side. While it looked like the V-8 powered version, the Hybrid sported a rear-fender-mounted electric charge port door.
Inside, the carmaker added all the luxurious items requested by its customers. On the center stack, an 8” touch-screen featured a new menu for the hybrid system. Like its stablemates, the Bentayga provided plenty of room for its occupants. As an option, it installed captain seats in the back, separated by a center console with a refrigerator inside.
The hybrid system consisted of a turbocharged V-6 gasoline engine and an electric motor. It sent the power in all corners via an eight-speed automatic transmission. A 17 kWh battery pack ensured a 50 km (31 miles) EV range.
Following the trend, Bentley launched its first luxury SUV in 2015, going by the name of Bentayga.
The name is a combination of Bentley and Taiga, the world’s largest transcontinental snow forest. Styled by Bentley’s EXP 9 F concept car, the Bentayga combines the company’s stylish rounded lines with the roughness of an SUV. The leather upholstered interior offers room for five people and its shapes are in line with the other models in Bentley’s stable. The SUV is built on the Volkswagen MLB platform, which is also used in the second-generation Audi Q7 and the 3rd gen Porsche Cayenne. However, the automaker says 80 percent of the parts are unique to the Bentayga, while the power is provided by a twin-turbo W12 engine.
In 2018, Bentley also introduced a V8 Bentayga, with the model getting a 4-liter twin-turbo V8 able to push it from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds. The unit is also gifted with start-stop technology as well as cylinder deactivation which gets deployed in about 20 milliseconds so the passengers don’t notice any difference when maintaining a cruising speed.