Bentley announced that they want to make an SUV quite some time ago when their lineup of cars consisted out of a couple of cars. The 2016 Bentley Bentayga is going to be the car which Bentley expects that it will at least double their sales number. It has been confirmed nearly a year ago and a couple of months ago a production version has been showcased to the public. The Bentayga uses the same platform as the current Q7 or the upcoming Cayenne, so it makes extensive use of aluminum and even composites in its construction. This does not mean that it will be a light car though. It has been said that the Bentayga to tip the scale at more than 4,700 pounds which is not nearly as bad as we first thought.
2016 Bentley Bentayga Release Date And price
The release date has not been officially confirmed just yet but the car is likely going to be available for sale starting with the first quarter of 2016. The price for the base model has been confirmed to be just under $230,000 which makes it the most expensive SUV in production to date. This is expected to change when the Lamborghini SUV will be launched on the market some time in 2017.
Exterior of New Bentayga
The design of the 2016 Bentley Bentayga has been controversial ever since the car has been first announced. It looks impressive without a doubt but the proportions are a bit unusual. The front end is bulky, having a similar design to the Continental GT. However, at the back it has curves and more feminine lines which make for a really interesting combination. The production model is a bit longer than the concept car because Bentley wanted to give its passengers more room for storage in the trunk.
On the inside the massive SUV is even more impressive than on the outside. As standard, it comes with pretty much everything you could think of. The front seats can be adjusted on 22 levels while the rear ones have 18 different adjustable levels. There is a massage system embedded as well and heating and ventilation comes as standard. The car has 15 different pieces of real wood inserted on the dashboard, center console and doors and the buyer will get the chance to choose from seven different types of wood and 15 different types of leather and leather colors for the upholstery. There is no plastic here as well and all the buttons and controls are made from pure aluminum.
Bentley Bentayga 2016 Engine
Engine wise, the 2016 Bentley Bentayga is the most impressive SUV to date and even though it comes with nothing exceptional, the engine offered on the base model has already been proven on the other Bentley cars. It is a 6 liter twin-turbocharged W12 mill which is capable of producing up to 600 horsepower and 663 lb-ft of torque. This is considerably more than any of its direct competitors. The engine routes all the power to an all wheel drive system though an 8 speed automatic gearbox and thanks to it, the car will accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in 4 seconds and it will hit 187 MPH if the straight is long enough. This makes is the fastest production SUV on the market and it will likely stay that way for a few more years.
Later down the road, the New 2016 Bentley Bentayga is also expected to receive a couple more engines. A hybrid will be launched on the US market which will likely use a 4 liter twin-turbocharged V8 coupled with a pair of electric motors while in Europe it will likely get a diesel which is going to be developed by Audi specifically for it.