The new SUV from Bentley’s fleet will be offered in two trims: Azure and First Edition
Bentley has taken the wraps off the new Bentayga EWB, where EWB stands for extended wheelbase. This luxury SUV will take over the flagship status which was borne by the discontinued Mulsanne. It is based on the second generation Bentayga SUV and to stand out from the smaller SUV, the extended wheelbase (180mm) variant shall carry a world’s first wellness experience based technology for the rear passenger seats supplemented with a cabin air ionisation system for vastly improving the air quality index.
On the exterior front, the front fascia shares the Bentley Flying Spur’s black mesh grille that has chromed vanes vertically on top of it and all new mirror finished 22-inch ten-spoke alloy wheels. It also has a repositioned sunroof.
The flagship SUV comes with electrically adjustable headrests and adjustable cushion depth. The seat reclining system is supported by three modes: Relax, Business and VIP which also controls the front passenger seat positions for maximum comfort. It has made provision for three-dimensional axis controlled massage pockets at the shoulder, thigh and lumbar support sections on the seat which gives the seat a continuously changing contour that relieves the pressure and reduces fatigue of the occupants.
Known for interiors driven by ‘OCD’ for detailing and precise craftsmanship, the bigger Bentayga can be differentiated from its smaller form by the choice of an advanced stitching design for the leather trim which is infused with diamonds from the centre of seatbacks shoulder panels to the entire length of the doors. The door trim adds to the luxury feel with Bentley’s diamond illumination feature. The cabin can be personalised with 24-billion trim combinations making way for a very unique experience.
It’ll be offered in three seating configurations: four, five and four plus one seating options. Powering the behemoth is the 4.0-litre, dual twin-scroll V8 petrol engine which puts out a power and torque figure of 550PS and 770Nm. It’s mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and has a top whack of 290kmph. For improved dynamics, it features an electronic all-wheel steering system. The turning radius is shortened by seven percent compared to the standard Bentayga.
The direct competitor is the Rolls Royce Cullinan. However, looking at the luxury segment, it’ll also rival the Mercedes-Maybach GLS and the Range Rover’s Autobiography. Deliveries are to commence next year and, likely, Bentley will also favour its Indian customers.