Bentley was spotted testing a prototype version of its super luxury SUV for its mid-cycle update and the first of those improvements are here with the 2021 model, the vehicle’s first significant refresh since it arrived.
Bentley says every panel at the front and rear is new, adopting the brand’s latest design language it introduced on the new Continental GT and Flying Spur. At the front, changes include a larger, more upright grille and an elliptical headlight design – a first for Bentley. There are bigger changes at the rear with elliptical taillights and a new, full-width tailgate. Bentley also moved the license plate into the bumper while redesigning the tailpipes to mimic the new taillight shape.
The interior has also been given a major revamp with the center stack integrating a larger 10.9-inch infotainment screen with touch and gesture control functionality. The steering wheel and door trims are new, and the included Apple CarPlay smartphone integration is now wireless. Android Auto is also included depending on the market.
Impressively, Bentley has managed to increase legroom at the rear by up to 3.93 inches depending on the seating configuration (buyers can choose from four-, five-, or seven-seat configurations). Those sitting in the rear can also control some of the vehicle functions via a tablet-style remote controller.
The cabin can be made even more luxurious with the application of dark tint diamond brushed aluminum trim for the first time in a Bentley, as well as two straight-grained veneers new to Bentayga: Koa and Crown Cut Walnut. The Mulliner Driving Specification adds a new quilting design, while micro piping detailing is a new option for the seats.
The engine lineup will remain unchanged, with the 2021 model initially launching in Bentayga V8 guise. The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine will continue to make 542 HP (550 PS) and 568 lb-ft (770 Nm) hooked to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and standard AWD.
The Bentayga Hybrid will be powered by a 3.0-liter V-6 and electric motor combo while the Bentayga Speed will feature a 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W-12. Performance numbers for these models will be revealed at a later date.