This is it, the all new Bentley Bentayga, an odd sounding name for what is Bentley’s first foray into the SUV world. The Bentley Bentayga isn’t about responding to a market need, demographic or high net worth individual. It is all of those that much is true. The Bentayga is by Bentley’s own, not so subtle admission, the worlds fastest, most powerful, most luxurious and most exclusive permanent 4WD SUV… in the world.
The Bentayga will be built in Crewe, parent owners of Bentley, Volkswagen, originally wanted to build the Bentayga in Slovakia alongside the Audi Q7 and Touareg because the Bentayga uses the VW brand platform.
It took the intervention of the British government and therefore favorable tax incentives to persuade VW to do otherwise. Bentley has invested £800 million in building a new facility to make the Bentayga and hired an extra 1,000 new employees.
Bentley plan to produce around 3,000 to 4,000 SUV’s annually. The 2016 Bentayga will be the first to use Bentley’s new twin-turbo W12 engine which will be, for the time being, the only engine option for the Bentayga.
The 6.0-litre, twin-turbo will have an estimated 542 hp and 703Nm of torque, combined this will allow the Bentayga to sprint from 0-60mph in around 4.0 seconds and reach a top speed of 187mph.
Bentley has confirmed by 2017 the Bentayga will be joined by a plug-in hybrid version and may well get a diesel engine which really will be another new first for Bentley.
The Bentayga will come loaded with state of the art driver assistance systems and infotainment features.
These will include Drive Dynamics Mode and optional Responsive Off-Road Setting. Up to eight modes are available, allowing drivers, at the simple turn of a dial, to select the perfect dynamic set-up for any surface or road condition. Dynamic Ride (electrically activated 48V active roll control) and Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS).
The Bentayga also gets Radar guided cruise control (Adaptive cruise control) and park assist features. An 8-inch infotainment system houses what Bentley claim to be class-leading navigation and rear-seat passengers also get a removable 10-inch Android tablet to muck around with.
We’re sure the Bentley will include the latest and the best mechanical and on-board technology they can throw at the Bentayga. But what all Bentley’s are about is the power and the luxurious interior and this is what really separates the Bentayga from the Q7s and Touregs.
As you can see Bentley haven’t skipped the luxury trimmings at all, if customers don’t want a standard spec Bentayga then they can opt for Bentley’s Personalisation Options and Mulliner Bespoke.
The standard palette alone comprises 17 exterior paint colours, with up to 90 hues available in the extended range. There are also 15 luxurious carpet options, seven different handcrafted veneers and 15 choices of interior trim hide, which means that customers are able to specify their own choice of luxury finish.
In addition, customers can choose between a new range of bespoke Bentayga alloy wheels, ranging in size from 20” to 22”.
As with all Bentley’s, the Bentayga can also be handed over to the highly skilled and dedicated craftspeople at Mulliner, who will respond to bespoke customer requirements.
At launch, the Bentayga will be available with an integrated Mulliner Hamper Set, complete with refrigerator, bespoke fine Linley china cutlery, crockery and crystal glass, and storage area for dry goods. For comfort in the great outdoors, sections of the hamper can be removed and used as seats.
Now that sounds like a proper Bentley to us. The Bentayga will make its full public debut at the IAA Frankfurt Show from 15 to 27 September. Customer deliveries commence in early 2016.