After countless teasers and spyshots, the 2016 Bentley Bentayga has finally been revealed in all its glory! Billed as the world’s “most powerful and fastest SUV ever,” Crewe’s latest mammoth also has the honour of being crowned the marque’s first-ever SUV. The Bentley Bentayga will make its physical debut at the upcoming 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show next week with deliveries now set to commence in “early 2016.”
In terms of its exterior styling, it’s quite clear to see that much of the EXP 9 F concept has been carried over although the production-spec front end appears to have been clearly inspired by the latest Continental and Flying Spur models. The trademark matrix front grille gets flanked by four circular LED headlight units.
Down below, a skid plate is presented to further emphasise the 2016 Bentley Bentayga’s go-anywhere attitude. Just aft of the front wheel arch are B-shaped fender vents while the wheels themselves range from relatively modest 20-inch units to 22-inch alloys. On top, the Bentayga is equipped with a gigantic 1.35 square metre panoramic glass roof that’s split into two separate panes.
Aluminium roof rails are also to be found. At the rear, much of the marque’s current design language has been deployed as well with large LED tail lamps bridged by a strong character line that runs just above the winged-B insignia – the taillights themselves feature rather snazzy B-shaped graphics. Lower down, twin oval-shaped exhaust outlets are to be found embedded within the rear bumper.
As mentioned, the sheer size of the Bentayga should allow it to cut quite a figure on the roads. The crossover stands at 1,742 mm and is 2,223 mm wide. Lengthwise, it measures 5,141 mm with a wheelbase of 2,992 mm. Under the skin, a construction comprised mainly of lightweight aluminium has resulted in a weight saving of around 236 kg “compared to a traditional body construction” – kerb weight is recorded at 2,422 kg.
The engine is an all-new biturbo 6.0 litre TSI W12 unit that pumps out 600 hp at 6,000 rpm and 900 Nm of torque from 1,250 to 4,500 rpm. Power gets channelled to all four corners via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. As a result, the 2016 Bentley Bentayga sprints from nought to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds before hitting its top speed of 301 km/h.
Fuel economy is rated at 12.8 l/100 km while CO2 emissions stand at 292 g/km. Start-stop technology is available as standard along with a coasting function that decouples the transmission when the driver gets off the throttle in gears number five to eight.
Though the crossover will be only presented with a single engine choice at launch, Bentley has confirmed that a diesel model will follow on soon enough, as will a hybrid model, a hi-po Speed variant and a seven-seater version. Also new is Bentley’s Dynamic Ride system – an active roll control setup that employs a 48V system. According to the brand, Dynamic Ride is the first of its kind in the automotive industry.
Elsewhere, the 2016 Bentley Bentayga also features electric power-assisted steering, Hill Descent Control (HDC) and a multi-mode air suspension. The latter presents four different modes (Low, Normal, High 1 and High 2) to suit the current demands of the driver. Also, owners can lower the rear suspension via a button in the boot to improve loading capabilities and aid in trailer hitching.
Inside, matters should remain familiar to Bentley owners as the cabin trimmed in a combination of leather, wood and metal. The dashboard itself is shaped to mimic the outline of the Bentley badge with the centre stack dipping between the flanks. The electrically-operated front seats, which feature contrast stitching and a quilted design, possess 22-way adjustment stages, a massage, seat heating and ventilation systems.
At the back, owners can choose between a four- or five-seater layout while a total of 15 colour schemes for the leather. Opting for the four-seater option nets one a pair of 18-way adjustable seats with massage and ventilation system as well as footrests. A partition segments the boot from the cabin altogether – the boot itself features an optional folding event seat.
As for the infotainment system, the Bentayga arrives with a 8.0-inch touchscreen system that features navigation capabilities and a 60 GB hard drive. Rear occupants get the Bentley Entertainment Tablet which is, essentially, 10.2-inch iPad-like device with 4G, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. Three sound systems are available – Bentley Standard Audio, Bentley Signature Audio and Naim for Bentley Premium Audio.
The latter option is said to be the “most powerful system in its class” with a total of 1,950 watts and 18 speakers. Elsewhere, potential owners can choose from 17 exterior paint schemes with an additional 90 hues in the extended range. Also, 15 carpet options are available along with seven varying veneer choices.
For the truly well-heeled clients, the Bentayga can be optioned out with a Mulliner Hamper Set. Said option is comprised of a “refrigerator, bespoke fine Linley china cutlery, crockery and crystal glass, and storage area for dry goods.” A mechanical Mulliner Tourbillon by Breitling clock can also be added in – the timepiece is wound by a “high-precision” winding mechanism built into the car itself.