With manufacturers taking the plunge and introducing SUVs in their product line-up, it was about time we heard the news from luxury carmakers. Only this time around, it’s the super-luxury carmaker Bentley that has forayed an SUV – or a crossover, if I may – in the Indian market. It directly goes up against the likes of the Lamborghini Urus and also gives the Rolls-Royce Cullinan a run for the money.
The Crewe-based luxury car marque first unveiled the Bentayga at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015 in its production-spec form. When it first reached in the Indian market, Bentley claimed it to be the fastest and the most luxurious SUV on the whole planet (we’ll get to the engine specifications in a bit).
Even by the looks of it, the Bentayga mimics the design language of a typical Bentley, which means one can not mistake this high-riding luxury lounge for anything else on the road. Speaking of that, Bentley’s sumptuous crossover can hardly go unnoticed in any part of the world.
Bentley even went ahead and said that it has received over 100 bookings for its first SUV in India alone, while the first year’s allocation of 5,000 units has already been sold out, worldwide! So, here’s a deep look at the Bentayga. Read on.
Taking some of the styling cues from the Mulsanne, the front fascia of the Bentayga gets a large diamond matrix grille flanked by the familiar quad headlight. In profile, the Bentayga sports sharp creases, muscular haunches along with elevated rideheight. The rear end features Flying Spur-esque rectangular tail-lamps, although they come with unique ‘B’ shaped LED strips and silver surrounds.
As for its specifications, the Bentayga measures 5,140mm in length, 2,224mm in width, and 1,742mm in height. The massive 21-inch alloy wheels are separated by a wheelbase of 2,995mm. Moreover, the base-spec variant of this Bentley tips the scale at 2,395kg. Apart from that, it has a fuel tank capacity of 85-litres and a respectable boot space capacity of 484-litres.
As for the engines, the Bentayga comes powered with two powertrains. The base-spec version of the Bentayga is powered by a 4.0-litre 32-valve twin-turbo V8 engine, good for 542bhp and 770Nm of torque. It is mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox as standard.
The higher-spec variant of the Bentayga is powered by a massive 6.0-litre W12 petrol engine, which is capable of churning out 600bhp and 900Nm of torque. It, too, comes mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
If you are looking forward to the fuel efficiency of the Bentayga, just know that this massive SUV from Bentley isn’t going to save any fuel while it’s on the move. Expect somewhere around 5-6km/l of mileage from both the engines.
As for the standard features, the main highlight inside is an 8.0-inch touch-screen display that sits in the middle of the dashboard. Among other things, you do get the front seats are 22-way power-adjustable with integrated ventilation, heating and massaging functions. The rear seats offer 15-way power adjustments while there is a large centre control display and two Android-based entertainment screens at the back.
The Bentayga, as of mid-2020, comes in twenty shades, namely, Anthracite Satin,Black Crystal,Onyx,Titan Grey,Kingfisher,Moroccan Blue,Neptune,Sequin Blue,Bentayga Bronze,Bronze,Apple Green,Radium,Azure Purple,Candy Red,Magenta,Extreme Silver,Granite,Glacier White,Monaco Yellow, and Blue Crystal.
All the details regarding the Bentley Bentayga, namely, the engine, specifications, variant wise equipment, colours, dimensions, interiors, and exterior details are extensively covered in the brochure.
Variants and Prices
As of mid-2020, the Bentley Bentayga is available in two variants, in either the V8 petrol-automatic configuration or the W12 petrol-automatic configuration. The prices start at Rs. 3.78 crores for the V8 variant going all the way to Rs. 3.85 crores for the W12 variant (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi). For the variant-wise on-road prices, visit us at autoX.