When Bentley first introduced the Bentayga SUV back in 2016, the British luxury car maker had no idea how it would fare in the open market, especially as the brand’s first formal foray into the growing luxury SUV segment. The Bentayga has since shattered these expectations, with the luxury laden beast of burden rapidly becoming the brand’s best selling model. But unlike other automakers that would make new models to try and expand their momentum, Bentley revealed that it is happy with the Bentayga, and will not be building any more utilities for the immediate future. Instead, the company is radically improving it for the 2021 model year.
Bentley claims that every exterior panel on the Bentayga is new, with the company seamlessly making the SUV comply with the new design language that debuted on both the Bentley Continental GT, as well as the Bentley Flying Spur. The front fascia is a prominent example of these efforts, with a more upright grille as well as an elliptical design for the headlights (a first for Bentley.) The rear of the Bentayga is arguably where the biggest changes take place, with elliptical tailights, and a new full width tailgate. The new gate forced Bentley designers to move the license plate to the rear bumper, while the tailpipes have been reworked to again draw a resemblance to the reworked lighting elements.
Meanwhile the interior has made benefited from several key improvements. A brand new steering wheel and door panels are very reminiscent of the Continental GT while the dashboard that houses the 10.9 inch infotainment system has also been reworked. The bullseye shaped vents have been pitched, and a lone single vent now houses the expensive looking Breitling clock. The Bentayga retains its passenger capacities with standard models being able to seat up to four or five passengers. However, an optional third row can boost that up to seven. Buyers that opt for the five passenger layout receive new seat frames as well as optional cooled seats.
With all the updates that Bentley has made to the exterior and the interior, the performance hardware has remained delightfully unchanged, with the base 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 continuing its service in the base model. Power here is unchanged, with the boosted V8 still making 542 horsepower, and 568 lb-ft of torque. The W12 motivated Speed model and the hybrid are also expected to follow suit, but they will arrive in dealerships later this year, with the V8 serving as the spearhead for the launch.
While the design of the 2021 Bentley Bentayga is certainly going to gather plenty of attention, Bentley has made some minor alterations in terms of customization options. Bentley’s paint shop has always had a reputation for offering virtually limitless options for well heeled buyers, and they will be pleased to hear that two new colors will join the color pallet. A new 22-inch wheel design is also available, with two finishes, while the heads up display to show traffic information, street names, and more. Wireless Apple CarPlay is also standard, and that helps the Bentayga be more compatible with the latest in wireless technology.