’17 Bentley Bentayga

September 8, 2015

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Bentley takes the luxury SUV segment to an upscale realm never before experienced. The brand is betting its customers will enjoy rugged, new experiences as well in the all-new Bentayga. (See related article: 

The dashboard design takes its inspiration from the Bentley “wing” motif, with the upper part of the IP flowing gracefully to the right and left of the display screen, extending to each A-pillar.

Each of the 15 wood elements within the interior are hand-crafted by Bentley artisans in Crewe from a choice of seven different veneers, then highly polished.

Front leather seats with contrast stitching move 22 different ways, are heated and ventilated and offer 6-mode massaging. Bentley sources the finest naturally tanned bull hides from cool European climates.

The second row can be configured for two or three occupants, and a removable 10.2-in. (26-cm) Android tablet with 4G, WiFi and Bluetooth for high-speed connectivity is standard in the second row. A similar device was offered for the first time in the Flying Spur a year ago.

The hands-free tailgate reveals a large cargo hold and the optional folding event seat, ideal for tailgating at polo matches. Three removable cargo bins, known as the Mulliner Hamper Set, can double as benches for sitting and are optional.

Customers can choose from 17 exterior paint colors (although there are up to 90 bespoke shades in the extended range), 15 carpet options and 15 types of interior leather. Alloy wheels range in size from 20 to 22 ins.

The Bentayga shares its underpinnings with the new Audi Q7 CUV and is intended to compete with the Range Rover, which will be considerably less expensive. No word yet on Bentayga pricing.

Bentley says its new SUV is shorter than the long-wheelbase Range Rover but still has more interior space. The automaker also says the Bentayga is faster than a Porsche Cayenne S.

When asked if the current form of the Bentayga already existed when the EXP 9 F SUV concept was unveiled, Lee smiles broadly: “Of course.”

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