The refreshed Bentayga Hybrid follows Bentley’s new design philosophy and comes with many tech upgrades

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Ever since the uber-luxurious automakers ventured into high-riding vehicles, they’ve become less niche and more mainstream. Just like the Urus and the Cullinan have raked up big numbers for Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce respectively, the Bentayga has done that for Bentley. While you can maintain exclusivity and uniqueness at that price point, you still have to keep your finger on the pulse; the case in point here being the hybrid technology.

Bentley introduced the Bentayga Hybrid in 2020 and it soon became one of the most popular variants in the SUV’s lineup. Within a year, the British automaker has introduced the facelifted version that comes with refreshed styling inside out and updates on the tech front. The 2020 Bentayga Hybrid was the company’s first hybrid ever; so, does the 2021 model overcome any shortcomings?

  • 2021 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid
  • Year:
    2021
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V6 Hybrid
  • Transmission:
    Eight-speed Automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    443
  • MPG(Cty):
    17
  • MPG(Hwy):
    21
  • Torque @ RPM:
    516
  • Energy:
    Hybrid
  • Displacement:
    3.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    5.2 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    158 mph
  • Price:
    165000 (Est.)
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2021 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid Exterior

  • New design language like the other sedans
  • Larger Matrix grille
  • Elliptical LED headlights and taillights
  • Heated windshield wipers
  • Oval-shaped split sport tailpipes
  • Blackline-spec that offers chrome delete
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Just like the standard Bentayga, the Bentayga Hybrid also adopts a completely refreshed and more aggressive look compared to the model it replaces. It adopts the new design philosophy that we first saw on the third-gen Continental GT and the new Flying Spur.

Bentley says that every panel at the front and rear of the SUV has been altered.

Up front, there’s a new, larger ‘Matrix’ grille that sits 30 mm higher than before. It is flanked by new cut-crystal design elliptical LED headlights. Even when they’re not lit, they sparkle. Well, there’s your bling on the face apart from all the chrome elements. The windshield wipers are new wet-arm, heated units that feature 22 washer jets in each arm. It also comes with new 22-inch wheels which will most likely be available in two different finishes as the standard model.

2021 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid Exterior Wallpaper quality
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The most noticeable changes are seen at the rear, where there’s a new full-width tailgate. There is a long roof spoiler at the top. The Bentayga also features 3D elliptical tail-lights with animated LEDs. The license plate is relocated slightly lower to accommodate the branding above. New larger, oval-shaped split sport tailpipes, mimicking the elliptical taillight design also make their way onto the derriere.

While Bentley didn’t mention it this time around, the 2021 Bentayga’s structure is slightly tweaked to make it better in terms of aerodynamics. The rear has a wider track and the wheels are also repositioned in the arches, which coupled with the structural tweaks help achieve the SUV a drag coefficient of 0.34. If chrome is not your thing, you can opt for the Blackline spec that replaces all the bling with a black treatment.

2021 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid Exterior
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The standard 2021 Bentayga came with two new colors - Viridian, a dark metallic green shade, and Patina, a mid-tone off-white color – but it’ll have to be seen if they’re offered on the 2021 Bentayga Hybrid or not.

2021 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid Interior

  • Redesigned center console
  • New door trims and steering wheel
  • New interior themes available
  • More knee room at the rear
  • Tweaked rear seating configurations
2021 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid Interior
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This is where all the luxuriousness and premium feels lie. The handcrafted cabin feels refreshing when compared to the model it replaces, thanks to the new door trims and steering wheel, plus a redesigned center fascia and digital instrumentation cluster. Bentley is offering a new quilting design in its ‘Mulliner Driving Specification’, wherein customers can choose from eight sustainably-sourced veneers, including two new straight-grained options, which are the Koa and Crown Cut Walnut. A dark tint diamond brushed aluminum trim can also be had for extra moolah.

2021 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid Interior
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The Bentayga Hybrid is still offered in two different seating configurations – a five-seat and a four-seat layout. The five-seat configuration comes with a new seat frame that doubles the travel range of the rear-seat recline angle, whereas the four-seat layout now features an additional 1.2 inches of knee room in the upright position and 3.9 inches in the reclined position.

2021 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid Technology

  • Fully digital instrument cluster
  • Hybrid-specific dials in the instrument cluster and touchscreen system
  • 10.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Larger touchscreen tablets at the rear
  • Android Auto offered for the first time on a Bentley
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay
  • Head-Up Display, Wireless Charging
2021 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid Exterior
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In terms of the technology, the Bentayga Hybrid is well loaded. Behind the steering wheel sits a fully digital instrument cluster that’s very similar to the ones on the Continental GT and the new Flying Spur. It throws all the standard drive-related data by default, but can be customized as per your needs to show stuff that’s relevant to you, including real-time lighting effects with animations.

When driving in the internal combustion engine mode, you have a standard tachometer in place. However, when driving in pure electric mode, this tachometer gets replaced by a different dial. The coolant and temperature gauges also get replaced by a battery status dial instead.

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On the center console sits a 10.9-inch touchscreen that is said to be brighter and has a higher resolution when compared to the previous model. It features wireless Apple CarPlay as standard now along with wired CarPlay and also wired Android Auto.

This is the first time Bentley is offering Android Auto on any of its models.

The screen also displays energy flow in each of the three E Modes, showing whether the vehicle is being powered by energy supplied by the battery, or the combustion engine – or whether energy is flowing back to the battery to recuperate. The rear seat occupants also get a new, larger touchscreen remote control tablet, similar to that introduced in the all-new Flying Spur.

It also comes with Navigation that offers a three-dimensional building display. The navigation data can be displayed on your windshield, too, since the Bentayga Hybrid comes with a Head-Up Display. It is quite detailed and can project traffic information, street names, and distance to destination, too. The Bentayga Hybrid is also more ‘connected’ now, with features like an embedded SIM being offered so that My Bentley connected car features no longer require you to bring your own data connection. Apart from this, the SUV comes with USB-C data ports and a wireless charger.

2021 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid Exterior
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The remote services allow you to view the SUV’s drive data, search for the nearest charging stations, heat or cool the cabin to precisely 22-degrees Celsius before you step in, and so on. You can also plug in the vehicle and remotely charge it using the app. The app allows you to select the time you plan to leave so that the system can calculate a rate of charging to achieve the highest level of charge in line with your departure.

2021 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid Drivetrain

  • 3.0-liter, V-6 gasoline mill with an electric motor
  • 443 horsepower
  • 516 pound-feet of torque
  • 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds
  • Top speed of 158 mph
  • 17.3-kWh lithium battery
  • 31 miles of electric-only range
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With every new iteration, it seems like Bentley is downsizing on the number of cylinders it offers. The first Bentayga model came with a W-12, but it was replaced with a V-8 instead. The company didn’t get it off the market, however, and offered the W-12 – and still does – on the Bentayga Speed. Last year, Bentley introduced the Hybrid model of the SUV with a V-6 engine; the smallest it ever has on any of its vehicles. On the bright side, these widespread engine options will make sure customers don’t walk out of the showroom without booking the Bentayga.

The Bentayga carries over the same drivetrain from the preceding model – a 3.0-liter, V-6 gasoline mill that makes 335 horses and 332 pound-feet of torque coupled with an electric motor that produces 126 horses and 258 pound-feet of torque.

Combined, the drivetrain makes 443 ponies and 516 pound-feet of twist. Power is sent to all the wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. On pure electric mode, the SUV can hit speeds of up to 84 mph before taking help from the internal combustion engine to go higher up. It also features an external speaker to warn pedestrians about the SUV’s movement.

2021 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid Exterior
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The Bentayga Hybrid comes with an electric-only range of 31 miles. Bentley’s research shows that half of the first-gen Bentayga Hybrid owners consistently undertake journeys of less than 30 miles every day. The 2021 U.S.-spec Bentayga Hybrid’s ratings are not revealed, but expect them to be the same as the 2020 model, which returned 17 mph in the city, 21 mpg on the highway, and 19 mpg or 46 MPGe combined. As per the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), the range of the battery+fuel combination is good for 536 miles.

The motor is powered by a 17.3-kWh lithium battery that consists of 168 individual cells. It can charge to a 100-percent in 2.5 hours when you connect to a wall box. It can charge up to a rate of 7.2 kWh and 7.5 hours when you use a domestic socket. The charge point on the Bentayga is on the opposite side of the fuel flap and comes with an LED indicator to show the state of the charge.

2021 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid specifications
Engine 3.0 litre twin-scroll turbocharged V6 + E Motor
Gasoline Power 335 HP
Gasoline torque 332 LB-FT
Electric power 126 HP
Electric torque 258 LB-FT
Combined power 443 HP
Combined Torque 516 LB-FT
Transmission eight-speed automatic
Battery 17.3 kWh lithium
Electric range 30 miles

Drive Modes and Efficiency Check

2021 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid Exterior
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The 2021 Bentayga Hybrid is offered with three different E modes – EV Mode, Hybrid Mode, Hold Mode – which can be controlled via a dedicated button. The EV Mode is engaged by default when you start the SUV to offer you that instantaneous torque from the word go. The Hybrid Mode is self-explanatory, but the special feature here is that when you’re using the SUV’s navigation, it automatically engages the “correct” Drive Mode for each part of the journey to make sure the battery charge is used most efficiently. As for the Hold Mode, it balances engine and electric power to hold a high voltage battery charge for later use and is the default mode when you engage the Sport mode.

2021 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid Exterior
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The Bentayga Hybrid comes with “Bentley Hybrid Efficiency Accelerator Pedal” which basically provides feedback to the driver using a pressure point to denote the boundary between pure electric and hybrid power. Coupled with the “Bentley Hybrid Efficiency Navigation” database, the A-pedal will vibrate when approaching a junction or speed limit decrease, thus notifying the driver to lift off the throttle and save energy while braking. Sounds a little too aggressive, to be honest, but we are living in an environment-conscious world, aren’t we? There is also haptic feedback from the A-pedal that gives you a warning of sorts when the SUV is switching from pure electric mode to pure internal combustion engine mode.

2021 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid Price

2021 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid Exterior
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The price for the 2021 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid is not yet announced, but expect a slight premium over the 2020 Bentayga Hybrid’s starting price of $156,900.

Is The Bentley Bentayga Hybrid Better Than The Audi Q7 e-tron?

2020 Audi Q7 Exterior
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The Audi Q7 e-tron rides on the same platform as the Bentayga Hybrid, but features a 3.0-liter, V-6 diesel engine with an e-motor. It dishes out 373 ponies and 520 pound-feet of torque combined. It isn’t as fast as the Bentayga Hybrid, taking 6.2 seconds to 60 mph. The brand itself is a whole level lower than Bentley doesn’t make it an appealing package in terms of interior either. So, the answer is no. The Audi Q7 e-tron isn’t better than the Bentley Bentayga Hybrid.

Read our full review on the Audi Q7 e-Tron

Is The Bentley Bentayga Hybrid Better Than The Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid?

2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid Exterior
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Porsche entered the hybrid SUV segment by pairing an electric motor to the Cayenne. The Cayenne E-Hybrid is powered by a 3.0-liter, V-6 engine that makes 455 horses and 516 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to all the wheels via an automatic gearbox. In its best avatar, it takes just 4.7 seconds to sprint to 60 mph from rest and has a top speed of 157 mph. It starts at $81,800, which is almost half the price of the Bentayga Hybrid. So, in terms of pricing, you’d be better off with…

Read our full review on the Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid

2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid tops the range with 670 horsepower
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… the Turbo S version of the Cayenne. We’ve mentioned both the models of the Cayenne Hybrid in our comparison since one of them matches it in specs and the other in terms of price. The Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid is powered by a 4.0-liter, V-8 engine and an electric motor that makes 670 horses and 663 pound-feet of torque combined! With an additional package in place, it takes just 3.6 seconds to gallop to 60 mph and goes all the way up to 183 mph.

The Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid starts at $163,200, which is in the ballpark of the Bentley Bentayga. If the overall presence inside-out and the Bentley wing on the body aren’t deal-breakers, both the versions of the Cayenne E-Hybrid are better than the Bentayga Hybrid.

Read our full review on the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid

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Bentley is taking the next step on its journey to a sustainable future with the launch of the new Bentayga Hybrid – the only electrified true-luxury SUV in the world, and a model that Bentley predicts will become the best-selling member of the new Bentayga family.

Following the recent launches of the new Bentayga V8 and Bentayga Speed, the new Bentayga Hybrid becomes the third model in the most successful luxury SUV portfolio the segment has ever seen.

The new exterior and interior design emphasises Bentley design DNA across the entire model range, giving Bentley the freshest and most modern product family of any luxury car company.

The new Bentayga Hybrid offers the ultimate in electric luxury, with smooth and silent progress through urban environments, whilst having the grand touring capability to escape the city and explore further. Customers of the Bentayga Hybrid can escape the noise of the city through the refined and acoustically-isolated serenity of the cabin without engine interference, using up to 31 miles of electric-only range (NEDC), before physically leaving the city behind with the comfort of a total combined range of 536 miles (NEDC).

Delivering the same level of comfort and luxury, yet with a quieter and more refined driving experience, the Bentayga Hybrid brings a selection of new technologies and connected car services, positioning the new product as the most technically advanced Bentayga to date.

Introducing the very latest on-board technology and an even more cosseting cabin, the new Bentayga is significantly revised both inside and out from the previous generation.

Subtle exterior badging complements the new Bentayga’s exterior design now prevalent across the entire model range, giving Bentley the freshest and most modern product family of any luxury car company.

Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors, Adrian Hallmark, comments:

“The Bentayga Hybrid is the next step on our journey to becoming the world’s leading sustainable luxury mobility company. Bentley will transform from a 100-year-old luxury car company to a new, sustainable, wholly ethical role model for luxury, and the Bentayga Hybrid is the first model to pioneer our company’s recently announced Beyond100 strategy.”

Bentley’s research shows over 90 per cent of customers use their first-generation Bentayga Hybrid on a daily basis or several times a week, and nearly 100 per cent of customers use EV mode, with half of them consistently undertaking journeys of less than 30 miles.

During previous retailer training, 78 per cent zero emissions journeys were achieved regularly over a 500 mile activity. In a more urban environment, one of Bentley’s development drivers achieved 67 per cent zero emissions over 672 miles around San Francisco, and in the UK, Chris Cole – Project Leader for the Bentayga Hybrid achieved 64 per cent zero emissions commuting to and from the factory.

In real world terms, the majority of journeys can be achieved completely in electric only, with zero emissions, delivering more benefits environmentally and building on Bentley’s new reputation for sustainability for the future.

Hybrid Powertrain Drives Further Technological Advancements

The Bentayga Hybrid’s electrified powertrain consists of 12 main components in three key areas. Firstly the distribution of electricity; the charge point is located on the left-hand side of the car, opposite the fuel flap and is specific to the region of the vehicle. An LED provides a visual indicator showing the state of charge of the battery, which can be charged at a rate of 7.2kW/h.

The 17.3 kWh lithium battery consist of 168 individual cells with an expected life of 100,000 miles or eight years, and can be charged to 100 per cent in as little as two and a half hours (region specific). The power electronics convert the energy stored from the high voltage battery to supply the E Motor or supplement the existing 12v vehicles electrical infrastructure.

Conversion of stored energy into smooth, effortless performance is via the 94 kW (126 bhp) E Motor which can produce up to 258 lb.ft (350 Nm) of torque. The E Motor is housed within the transmission between the gearbox and internal combustion engine and can deliver full torque instantaneously from stationary, providing silent and rapid vehicle acceleration.

A 3.0 litre twin turbocharged V6 engine supplements the E Motor when additional torque is required or when speeds above 84 mph are requested. To warn pedestrians of the vehicle’s near silent movement, a dedicated speaker emits an exterior sound at low speeds.

The Bentayga Hybrid not only has different drive modes but can also use the information stored via the Bentley Hybrid Efficiency Navigation system to achieve the very best efficiency, via feedback through the throttle pedal.

The Bentley Hybrid Efficiency Accelerator Pedal provides a pressure point when in EV Drive to denote the boundary between pure electric and hybrid power. This encourages the driver to stay in EV Drive for as long as possible but can also be disabled if required.

Bentley Hybrid Efficiency Braking blends seamless integration of braking between the E Motor and conventional hydraulic braking, to provide a conventional feel to the brake pedal for comfort and the driving experience while maximising recuperation of energy.

A dedicated button allows control over the three E Modes – EV Drive, Hybrid Mode and Hold Mode. These will enable the driver to manually manage battery usage during a journey – though this can also be managed automatically by the car.

EV Drive mode is engaged as soon as the car is switched on, and maximises the electric driving experience. This is ideal for city driving and for shorter journeys. The Bentley Hybrid Efficiency Accelerator Pedal provides feedback to the driver using a pressure point to denote the boundary between pure electric and hybrid power. Using predictive data from the Bentley Hybrid Efficiency Navigation database, the pedal will vibrate when approaching a junction or speed limit decrease, advising the driver to lift off the throttle, saving energy whilst also giving the maximum opportunity for regeneration. Haptic feedback through the throttle pedal of the transition between the E Motor disengaging and the internal combustion engine starting encourages the driver to stay in EV Drive for as long as possible, maximising efficiency. In pure electric drive, the E Motor continues to function up to speeds of up to 84mph.

Hybrid Mode maximises vehicle efficiency and range using data from the intelligent navigation system. This mode is suited for longer journeys and uses predictive E-Mode and engine coasting whilst following directions from the navigation system. Inputting a destination, the car will automatically engage the correct Drive Mode for each part of the journey, constantly calculating the most efficient use of battery charge and storing electrical energy for sections of the journey where it is most useful – such as when arriving in the city. The system will reduce on-board charge to zero just as the vehicle reaches its destination, maximising overall efficiency.

Hold Mode balances engine and electric power to hold high voltage battery charge for later use. This is the default mode when in Sport is to provide consistent boost and recuperation.

The new Bentayga Hybrid is delivered with all of the required market specific cables, facilitating charging of the vehicle at the home or via industrial charge points at work or in public car parks. In addition to the standard equipment supplied customers can also choose a Bentley branded wallbox available as a no cost option* providing an attractive solution housing the charge unit and neatly storing the charge cables.

The latest release of the My Bentley in-car and remote connected car services are available through the new Bentayga Hybrid. In-car services are now delivered through an embedded SIM, meaning they no longer require a data connection from a customer’s mobile device.

Remote services - subject to regional availability - are accessible through the My Bentley app and are further improved, including the technology levels and range of features. Four specific features for the new Bentayga Hybrid can be found in the convenient features and are as follows:

MY CAR STATISTICS - which provides an overview of vehicle data. You can view the time and date of recent trips as well as last trip distance, average speed, travel time and average fuel/electric consumption.

MY BATTERY CHARGE - allows you to remotely initiate vehicle charging as long as your vehicle is plugged in. You can select the time you plan to leave and the charging system will calculate a rate of charging to achieve the highest level of charge in line with your departure.

MY CABIN COMFORT - lets you remotely heat or cool the cabin to an optimum temperature of 22°C ahead of your journey.

E-CHARGING - identifies the nearest charging point locations in the area or at a destination of your choice, allowing you to navigate to the most convenient location. You can filter the results by distance, bay availability and charging rate.

Bentley Research Proves Effectiveness of Bentayga Hybrid

As part of Bentley’s journey towards electrification and the recently announced Beyond100 strategy (delivering a product range composed entirely of plug-in hybrids or battery electric vehicles by 2026), a research activity has been undertaken to understand customer usage of the Bentayga Hybrid in detail.

Over 90 per cent of customers use their first generation Bentayga Hybrid on a daily basis or several times a week and nearly 100 per cent of customers use EV mode, with half of them consistently undertaking journeys of less than 30 miles.

In real world terms, this means that the majority of the journeys, whether office commuting or school runs, can be achieved predominantly whilst producing zero emissions.

New Bentayga Hybrid - Summary

The new Bentayga Hybrid builds upon the latest design and feature content offered by the newest iteration of the Bentayga product line.

Adopting the new Bentley family DNA, the exterior of the new Bentayga has a more modern and purposeful look, and concurrently the interior has been re-imagined and now contains a modernised, unparalleled combination of luxury materials and exquisite, intricate craftsmanship.

A next generation infotainment system is integrated seamlessly into the handcrafted, Bentley ‘wing’ dashboard design and features a 10.9-inch display screen with edge-to-edge graphics. The all-new digital display includes super high-resolution and dynamic graphics which are configurable to suit driver preferences.

The latest hardware and software bring all-new navigation with satellite maps, online search and other features. Wireless Apple CarPlay is standard for the first time, alongside the existing wired system, along with Android Auto (market dependant). Rear seat occupants benefit from the introduction of a new, larger touchscreen remote control tablet, similar to that introduced in the all-new Flying Spur.

Connectivity around the car has been significantly improved, with USB-C data ports and a wireless phone charger now standard. The new Bentayga range is now provided with an embedded SIM, as with the latest Continental GT models, meaning My Bentley connected car features no longer require customers to provide their own data connection. My Bentley in-car and remote services is a continually developing range of services available to customers through a dedicated app, available both on Apple iOS and Android mobile platforms.

The luxurious interior can be further enhanced with the application of dark tint diamond brushed aluminium trim for the first time in a Bentley, as well as two straight-grained veneers new to Bentayga: Koa and Crown Cut Walnut. Mulliner Driving Specification adds a new quilting design, and micro piping detailing is a new option for the seats.

Bentayga Adopts Bentley’s New Design Language

The exterior design of the new Bentayga range has been completely refreshed from the previous generation to create an even more stylish and purposeful car. Every panel at the front and rear of the car has been altered to give it a cleaner and more modern look.

JP Gregory, Head of Exterior Design at Bentley Motors, comments:

“We spent a long time examining how to improve the proportions and character of the car. New Bentayga is still instantly recognisable as a Bentley but now has a much greater road presence, a more self-confident looking SUV from whatever angle you look at the car. The prouder grill and higher, more focused elliptical headlights give a much more modern expression.”

At the front, a larger and more upright new matrix grille allows the Bentayga’s elegant bonnet to sweep down to the very edge of the chrome work. This gives the car a more dominant, upright profile and pushes the new elliptical LED matrix headlamps further apart, raising them 30 mm higher leading to a more muscular aesthetic. The new headlamps also include the marque’s now-signature cut crystal design, which makes them appear to sparkle even when not lit.

Perhaps the most dramatic design changes have been reserved for the rear of the car, where the new Bentayga range is radically different from its predecessor. In line with the Continental GT, it features elliptical tail lamps for the first time.

The lights feature within an all-new, full-width tailgate, resulting in a cleaner, more contemporary look. The licence plate has moved down into the bumper, allowing for prominent Bentley lettering above.

The dynamic new looks are further accentuated with a breadth of individualisation possibilities, including the contemporary urban appeal of the Blackline Specification that replaces all exterior chrome with black versions.

Craftsmanship Redesigned

The Bentayga’s fine handcrafted cabin has been reimagined for the new model. Already universally acclaimed as the benchmark for luxury SUV interiors, new Bentayga Hybrid now contains a modernised, unparalleled combination of luxury materials and exquisite, intricate craftsmanship.

Bentley designers have created an even more relaxing environment for passengers, wherever they travel. Among the major changes to Bentayga’s more contemporary interior are new door trims and steering wheel, plus a redesigned centre fascia and digital instrumentation cluster. These are complemented by new seats that further improve on the industry-recognised benchmark for seat comfort.

Two versatile seating configurations are available in the new Bentayga Hybrid. The standard five-seat benefits from an all-new seat frame, doubling the travel of the rear-seat recline angle, and the optional four-seat layout features two individual rear seats separated by a centre console.

The ergonomics of the four-seat configuration are further enhanced from a 30 mm increase in knee room in the upright seated position, with an improvement of almost 100 mm in the reclined position, helping to make luxury travel even more comfortable.

A new quilting design is included in Mulliner Driving Specification cars, while customers can choose from eight sustainably-sourced veneers including two straight grained options new to Bentayga – Koa and Crown Cut Walnut.

Information At The Press Of A Button

The new Bentayga range now has a fully digital driver’s information panel similar to the Continental GT and new Flying Spur. The display brings a contemporary look to the cockpit, can be customised to the driver’s requirements and features real-time lighting effects with elegant animations.

The standard Bentayga tachometer that displays engine speed is replaced with a dial showing when the car is operating in pure EV Drive, or engine speed if the combustion engine is operating for the Hybrid version. A battery status dial replaces the coolant temperature gauge.

Setting new standards in the sector for customer technology interfaces, the new Bentayga introduced a new, cutting-edge infotainment system. A bigger and brighter, high-resolution 10.9-inch touchscreen, with an anti-reflection and anti-glare coating and much improved touch functionality, now spans the entire width of the centre fascia for a more contemporary look.

The infotainment screen can display energy flow in each of the three E Modes, showing whether the vehicle is being powered by energy supplied by the battery, or the combustion engine – or whether energy is flowing back to the battery in order to charge it.

The Bentley Hybrid Efficiency Navigation system features free text, context-specific search entry, including an address or point of interest. Navigation is improved with a three-dimensional building display, satellite maps, content in the driver’s next generation Head-Up Display and several other useful features. The Head-Up Display can now project traffic information, street names and distance to destination too.

As well as the usual array of media sources, wireless Apple CarPlay is now standard in the new Bentayga range (in addition to the previous standard wired system), along with Android Auto for the first time in a Bentley. With a corresponding phone plugged in to one of the car’s USB-C sockets, the central infotainment screen mirrors the smartphone display.

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