Bentley’s fist SUV enters the second model year as the 2018 Bentley Bentayga. Bentley presented this ultra-luxury vehicle at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto show and to describe this model you need only superlatives like the fastest, most luxurious and consequently the most expensive. The Bentayga has elegant exterior and extremely rich interior but also comes equipped with the latest tech and safety features.
For the 2018 model year, Bentley will introduce several changes including a new Mulliner version. The new version elevates the level of the luxury to the new heights as well as the price. Bentley also adds the option for the third row, new appearance package, several safety features, etc.
2018 Bentley Bentayga: Design
From the visual standpoint, the Bentayga is obviously Bentley’s product. The fans will recognize brand’s usual cues also seen on carmaker’s sedans and coupes. The front of the model has dominating mesh grille and smaller mesh sections in the lower front fascia. The headlights are circular as usual and long elegant hood hides the V12 beast under it. The model also has sculpted fenders and raked tailgate for the sportier impression.
As for the Mulliner version, it features two-tone paintwork combined with the chrome grilles in the bumper section. Unique to this model are also the 22-inch Paragon wheels which have weighted center caps in order to keep brand’s logo in the permanent upright position.
Interior of the 2018 Bentley Bentayga is richly appointed and loaded with the latest tech. The model comes with the seats for five by default but can be configured for four or from the 2018 model year for seven as well.
The cabin is trimmed with the hand-stitched leather, aluminum and wood in different combinations. Bentley offers 15 leather options, seven different wood veneers, and various trim combinations.
On the tech front, the model comes with the infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen and gesture controls. It also includes navigation, smartphone integration features, a 60 GB hard drive, 10-speaker base sound system, available rear-seat entertainment, etc. For the safety, it includes forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, line control, night vision, park assist, etc.
As for the Mulliner’s interior, it has two-tone, hand-stitched leather seating, 15 colors ambient lighting, the refrigerated compartment, premium 1950-watt Naim sound system, etc.
2018 Bentley Bentayga: Performance
On the performance front, the 2018 Bentley Bentayga comes armed with the 6.0-liter V12 engine. The power this engine can provide is 600 hp and torque reaches 664 lb-ft. The full-time four-wheel drive system gets power via the 8-speed automatic transmission. As an option, the model can include the All-Terrain Specification with four modes for the off-road drive, skid plates, etc.
The powerful running gear provides impressive performance for the unique Bentayga SUV but that comes at the cost of the poor fuel economy. This model can hit 60 mph in just 4 seconds. However, since buyers will be ready to pay more than $200k they won’t matter about poor 15 mpg of the combined fuel economy.
2018 Bentley Bentayga: Price
All the luxury and performance buyers will get with the 2018 Bentley Bentayga, of course, comes at the high cost. The base models will be available from $195, 000. The price will climb to $230, 000 for the W12 Signature version. The new Mulliner will cost much more.