Bentley unveiled Bentayga at the Frankfurt Motor Show during September 2015. It was the first SUV from Bentley incorporating Volkswagen Group's bi-turbo W12 Engine underpinned on the MLB platform. Many popular automobiles like Audi Q7, Audi Q8, Porsche Cayenne, and Volkswagen Touareg also shares the same platform as this SUV. It is a premium, five-door, all-wheel drive, crossover SUV whose body and the engine gets manufactured at the Volkswagen Zwickau-Mosel plant. After that, it gets a fresh paint at Paintbox Editions in Banbury and finally assembled at Bentley’s Crewe Plant in England. Bentayga was first made available for the automobile lovers in 2016.
Bentley has created a benchmark for external styling which is well reflected in all its productions. You can never miss the sharp lines, flowing curves along with seamless surfaces in their creations. The front fascia of Bentayga bears the signature matrix grille with chrome finish at the borders. It remains flanked on both the sides by two round headlamps. The smaller unit adjacent to the headlight is actually the DRLs, notching up the style quotient. There is also an integrated silver skid plate at the lower end of the bumper further enhancing the view. The prominent lines on its flank and bonnet add character to Bentayga. The rear end steals equal attention with the integrated spoiler and segmented tail lamps.
Bentley is all about customising their products according to the convenience of the customers. The interiors of Bentayga can be availed in 15 different colours and personalised in single or dual tone as per your wish. You also get wooden veneer, and metal inlay works offering a refined upmarket touch. There are 22 ways of adjusting the front seats with six types of massage options offering you utmost comfort in the cabin. You can either have four or five sitting arrangements in the SUV. The infotainment system is taken care by an 8-inch touch-screen having AMI, CD, MP3 and SD cards connectivity, 60 GB internal storage and working in 30 languages.
Under the hood, you get a 6.0L W12 Twin Turbo TSI Engine in the top-spec generating a maximum power of 600 bhp@5000-6000 rpm and a peak torque of 900 Nm@1350 rpm. The motor remains mated to an 8-Speed fully automatic gearbox supplying power to all the wheels in 40:60 rear-biased split. The car has rapid acceleration and can sprint to 100 Kmph in just 4.1 seconds. There are two variants available for this SUV in the petrol version- Bentayga V8 and Bentayga 6.0 W12. Recently a hybrid trim and a diesel model are also launched by the company.
The price range of Bentley Bentayga ranges between INR 3.78 - 3.85 crore (Ex-showroom, Delhi). It offers fierce competition to Range Rover Sports SVR and Mercedes Maybach S600.
Bentayga has several top-notch features which makes it one of the most sought after SUVs in the segment.
• The SUV comes with excellent craftsmanship which is evident in the interiors and exteriors of the vehicle.
• The W12 Twin Turbo TSI Engine offers unmatchable driving dynamics to the rider.
• The interiors get customised in multiple options according to the preference of the customer.
There are some disadvantages to Bentayga as well.
• At INR 3.85 crore the SUV is very pricey with only limited automobile lovers getting an opportunity to ride it.
• The 8-inch touch-screen is small according to the standard of Bentayga. Several competitors offer a larger screen in this segment.
Finally, we can say that Bentley Bentayga is one of the best crossover SUVs available in the Indian market. Owning it is a dream coming true for many automobile lovers.