Skip to main content

Bentley Officially Enters the Luxury Crossover Club with Bentayga




Ever since Porsche introduced the Cayenne in the 2000s, no automaker has been ruled-out in adding a crossover vehicle to their line-up. At 2012 Geneva Motor Show, British luxury vehicle brand Bentley unveiled a concept design to what was seen as the impending arrival of a super-luxury crossover. A marque seen as one of the most prestigious builders of automobiles in the world, Bentley only needed to create a world-topping vehicle for the popular segment. Almost four years later, the Bentley Bentayga is the form of an all-new bred of luxury crossover vehicle.

Though the Bentayga represents the inauguration of Bentley's foray into a new class of motoring, the vehicle is the end result of a long, uneasy journey of exploration. The EXP 9 F Concept (an initial design creation meant to chart the vision of Bentley's crossover vehicle) premiered in 2012 to a largely negative reception. While the idea of a Bentley crossover vehicle was not significantly opposed, the exterior design direction displayed with the EXP 9 F Concept was disliked. Automotive press and individuals criticized what was a somewhat malformed appearance of the famous luxury carmaker's personality. The loathed styling of the Bentley EXP 9 F Concept came as a shock to the luxury car maker. Necessitating a vastly different transition from concept to production, Bentley's Bentayga is a softened reimagining of a high-class crossover vehicle.





A brand that established itself in the 1920s by winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans on several occasions, the perception of a crossover utility vehicle based on Bentley's heritage was clearly a challenge. Featuring state-of-the-art construction that includes the use of weight-saving aluminum, the Bentley Bentayga balances design cues of the Continental GT and Flying Spur with the tall, utility vehicle stature. Full-LED headlights and a trademark large matrix grille adorn the front of the Bentayga while the rear taillights illuminate with a distant 'B' shape. Not all of the design elements of the controversial EXP 9 F Concept were abandoned. A Pronounced flaring around the rear wheels translated into the Bentley Bentayga's side profile. Bespoke alloy wheel patterns ranging between 20 and 22 inches will be available artfully illustrating the premium product in motion.

Two panes are used to shape the standard panoramic glass roof. Making up 60 percent of the total roof surface, glass allows the Bentley Bentayga's interior to fill with natural light. Superior cabin brightness inside the luxury crossover provides the ideal solution to show off the Bentayga's fine-crafted materials. As typical with all Bentley vehicles, handcrafted wood and bull-hide leather materials are installed in every regard to facilitating a high-class ambience. All 15 pieces of wood veneer and metal components are placed using precision fits adhering to strict tolerances. Polished metal pieces are infused throughout the cabin placed on the dash, center console and doors. The Bentayga's interior environment can be radically tuned to the preference of each buyer with 15 carpet options, 15 leather types, seven different types of wood veneer and three two-tone colors choices part of a rainbow of possibilities.





Functional comfort inside the Bentley Bentayga is supplied by 22-way power adjustable front seats and 18-way adjustable rear seats. Four-passenger or five-passenger interior layouts are offered with the crossover. Rear seat occupants are the recipients of Bentley's latest connected vehicle innovation exhibited for the first time with the Bentayga. The Bentley Entertainment Tablet functions through a 10.2-inch Android device featuring high-speed 4G, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. At the front, an eight-inch touch screen serves as the interface for a 60-gigabyte infotainment system that can operate in 30 different languages. Three stereo speaker options come with the Bentley Bentayga. The top-rated unit is a 1,950-watt Naim for Bentley Premium Audio system that channels sound through a set of 18 speakers.





The Bentley Bentayga is created on an all-new Volkswagen Group platform also used for the upcoming Audi Q7. Functioning with a permanent all-wheel drive, the Bentley crossover's speaks with its own sophisticated W12 TSI voice. An all-new twelve-cylinder engine built in Crewe, the twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter powerplant incorporates fuel delivery through indirect and direct injection. 600 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque from the English W12 engine moves the Bentayga with a force unmatched by any other production crossover utility vehicle on the market. Through an eight-speed automatic transmission, the all-wheel drive system receives horsepower in a manner allowing 0 to 60-mile per hour acceleration times in 4 seconds. Diesel and hybrid versions of the Bentayga is also touted for future release by Bentley.





With enormous power, a full suite of technology is in place to responsibly handle the crossover's performance. Electric power steering, Electronic Stability Control, multi-mode traction control and Hill Descent Control is found on the Bentley Bentayga. Other active safety equipment available on the Bentley crossover includes night vision and adaptive cruise control that uses sensors, cameras as well as navigation data to modify the vehicle's speed. For driving off-road,  an optional Responsive Off-Road Setting provides a full-range of information referencing characteristics such as the Bentayga's pitch, roll and altitude in the instrument display. In the city, an available Park Assist system will find an appropriate parallel or perpendicular spot for the crossover. Once found, Park Assist steers the vehicle into a parking spot. An air suspension with four modes of adjustment is standard on the Bentley Bentayga providing tailored riding on-road or off-road.  
 
The public unveiling for the Bentley Bentayga is scheduled for the IAA Frankfurt Show opening next week. The delivery process for the all-new luxury crossover will start in early 2016.  


Photo and Information source: Bentley Motors


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship: Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Review

Photo Credit: Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. untitled A companion to the NTT IndyCar Series finale weekend on the streets of Long Beach, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship staged a 26-car race on Saturday consisting of DPi, GTLM and GTD class machines. With the conclusion of the 1-hour, 40-minute Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach sports car event, the overall winner was the #31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac shared by the driving duo of Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani. The victory was a decisive weekend for the Whelen Engineering Racing team that had scored the pole position and went on to take the checkered flag with a 10.95-second gap over the #01 Cadillac fielded by Chip Ganassi Racing with Kevin Magnussen and Renger van der Zande. Corvette Racing enjoyed a dominant outing in the GTLM category. Nick Tandy and Tommy Milner in the #4 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R beat the #3 car shared by Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor. Only three GTLM class vehicles ran at Long Be

Car FYI's 2024 Canadian Automotive Guide: Ferrari

Photo Credit: Ferrari S.p.A. Product Lineup: 296 GTB, 296 GTS, Portofino M, Purosangue, Roma, Roma Spider, SF90 Spider, SF90 Stradale, SF90 XX Spider, SF90 XX Stradale Overall Brand Impression:  The devotion of the Italian artisans that has kept Ferrari as a premium sports car leader stretches right back to the company’s founder. However, while Enzo Ferrari believed in the construction of pure performance machines in disregard for creature comforts, today’s vehicles are assembled with more consideration of customers seeking luxury alongside supercar power. Despite a long resistance to engaging in the popular crossover category, Ferrari demonstrates a level of concession to the mass market in 2024 by introducing the all-new Purosangue. The Purosangue joins an exciting 2024 Ferrari lineup that also includes the introduction of the brand’s first street legal XX program vehicle. What’s New for 2024:  Every vehicle in Ferrari’s 2024 lineup is a merger of style and power. An auto brand reno

Car FYI's 2024 Canadian Automotive Guide: Fiat

Photo Credit: Stellantis Product Lineup: 500e, 500x Overall Brand Impression:  When Fiat reentered North American in 2011, there were high hopes that the Italian car make’s small yet stylish products would establish a healthy niche. Although the distinctive design of the Fiat 500 can still attract admiring stares, the brand has amounted to a very tiny share of the market with the 500x crossover being the only product available in recent years. The Fiat 500 subcompact’s reintroduction to the United States and Canada in 2024 as an entirely electric model line could allow this Stellantis brand to gain new relevance among motorists. What’s New for 2024:  The subcompact Fiat 500 returns to the United States and Canada for 2024 exclusively as a battery electric vehicle. Assembled within a tidy, elegant Italian-styled package, the 2024 Fiat 500e features a powertrain consisting of a 42-kWh battery pack as well as an electric motor generating 118 horsepower and 162 lb.-ft. of torque. With a ma