2015 Bentley Bentayga unveiled – full pictures, engine details along with pricing
Source : 2015 Bentley Bentayga unveiled – full pictures, engine details along with pricing
Bentley’s first ever SUV design will go on sale next year, with prices starting at around £130,000
Launching a host of brand-new Bentayga details today, the company describes its £130,000-plus design as “the fastest, most powerful, most luxurious along with most exclusive SUV inside the earth”. of which also has “the earth’s finest automotive cabin” of which offers “unparalleled luxury” in its sector, according to Bentley.
of which’s all part of Crewe’s strategy to maximise the short lead of which is usually about to open up over different budding premium SUV makers, notably Rolls-Royce along with Lamborghini, when the Bentayga goes on sale next year. although up to half a dozen expensive car brands are rushing to create brand-new SUVs for the niche they believe is usually opening above the most expensive Range Rover.
Bentayga prices will start around £30,000 above the top Range Rover along with are likely to be driven much higher by the bespoke equipment.
Despite its size along with high cost, the Bentayga is usually not being positioned as Bentley’s flagship: of which role will continue to be played by the £225,000 Mulsanne limo. Bentley wants to emphasise the practicality, strength along with durability of its brand-new SUV, as well as the luxury.
“Owners may never drive these vehicles off road,” said engineering director Rolf Frech, “although they must know of which will perform in tough conditions.”
Frech devised a million-mile test regime, the toughest yet for a Bentley, taking prototypes to 5 continents inside the most difficult conditions “to ensure unwavering performance”.
Centeng along with chassis
the auto’s original shape was heavily revised after a different concept, shown at the 2012 Geneva show, failed to win the approval of show-goers along with management at the Volkswagen Group, of which Bentley is usually a part.
Today’s Bentayga is usually lower along with more ‘Bentley-like’ although is usually still 5.14 metres long, using a wheelbase of nearly three metres. of which is usually slightly longer than a long-wheelbase Range Rover, although the roof is usually about 60mm lower – a move, designers say, of which helps maintain the Bentley sporting character. The styling comparison they prefer is usually with the sleek Porsche Cayenne rather than the tall Range Rover.
The Bentayga uses an iteration of the VW Group’s brand-new MLB-Evo platform for large vehicles of which has already been used for Audi’s brand-new Q7 along with is usually coming soon in an all-brand-new Cayenne.
Construction is usually described as aluminium-intensive (the Bentayga’s bodyside is usually the industry’s largest single aluminium pressing), although materials are a mix of aluminium, steel along with composites, according to function.
The Bentayga has an all-brand-new computer-controlled air spring system whose ride height, damping, roll control, stability, hill descent along with traction are all controlled by the driver via a console-mounted rotary control. There are four selectable on-road modes along with four for off-road driving.
One innovative feature is usually a quick-acting, 48V anti-roll system of which can rapidly vary the auto’s Centeng roll control, front along with rear, according to conditions. of which provides both stability in hard cornering along using a relaxed ride on the motorway.
The Bentayga is usually the first Bentley to take towing seriously. A trailer assist feature allows a driver to select a desired articulation angle between car along with trailer along with maintain of which when reversing. A stability system applies the brakes selectively if the trailer starts to sway dangerously on the move, also cutting engine torque if necessary.
The steering is usually a brand-new electrically assisted system using a variable rack along with pinion, higher geared at the extremities to allow quick low-speed manoeuvring.
There’s also an electronic differential lock of which uses the brakes to mimic a locked diff to tame wheelspin.
Engine along with transmission
At launch, the Bentayga’s only engine offering will be a completely redesigned twin-turbocharged petrol W12 engine, claimed both to improve efficiency by 11.9% along with reduce weight by 30kg.Crewe is usually proud of its status as the VW Group’s centre of excellence for 12-cylinder engines along with has worked hard to make the brand-new engine (which will be used by selected Audis along with VWs) more compact than its predecessor. The brand-new W12 is usually 24% shorter than a V12 would certainly be, Bentley claims, a great aid to packaging.
The brand-new W12, which is usually mounted north-south inside the nose, packs 600bhp at 6000rpm along with 663lb ft of torque between 1250rpm along with 4500rpm. of which drives through an eight-speed, paddle-shift ZF automatic to a four-wheel drive system featuring a Torsen centre differential.
The standard car rolls on 20in wheels, although 21s along with 22s are also available. Soon, Bentley says, Bentaygas will come with both diesel along with plug-in hybrid powertrains. This specific will be Crewe’s first hybrid, although the system is usually likely to spread through the company’s range as demand grows in export markets such as China. A spoiler-adorned, higher-performance W12, likely to be christened Speed, has also been spotted undergoing tests at the Nurburgring.
The brand-new W12 has stop-start along with an efficiency-boosting cylinder deactivation system of which shuts down the valves, fuel injection along with ignition systems when the engine is usually turning below 3000rpm or developing up to a third of its torque, provided the auto is usually in at least third gear.
Another efficiency measure on the move is usually a so-called ‘sail’ mode. If the driver releases the accelerator in fifth to eighth gear, the torque converter disconnects along with freewheels, engaging again only when the driver gets back on the accelerator or the auto begins to accelerate downhill.
Bentley claims a top speed of 187mph for the Bentayga along with a 0-60mph time of 4.0sec – deeply impressive figures for a design using a 2422kg kerb weight along using a generous frontal area. Furthermore, Frech insists the auto must be able to achieve its top speed in a 40deg C temperature, with no degradation in refinement or cooling performance.
The CO2 output of 292g/km is usually better than of which of previous W12 designs although not a vast improvement, along with combined fuel consumption of 22.1mpg is usually the reason why the Bentayga needs an 87-litre fuel tank
The cabin bristles with high-quality materials (“If of which looks like metal, of which is usually metal”) along using a vast selection of standard along with optional brand-new-era equipment. The Inner surface designers’ mission was to set quality standards of which exceed any previous SUV along with rival different Bentleys.
The fascia design echoes the wings of the Bentley badge, flowing via door to door. A ‘floating’ driver info panel with bright mineral glass as its screen, speaker grilles behind a fine metal mesh, intricate knurling on all important switchgear along with brand-new diamond-quilted seats with up to 22-way adjustment are some details.
You can order either a two or three-person rear seat format, along with the rear seat system folds down to carry extra luggage. A seven-seat format is usually coming.
Bentley’s UK dealers are already taking orders for the Bentayga, which is usually likely to swell Bentley volume by more than 3000 cars a year along with send total annual volume well beyond 10,000 units. First customers will get their cars early next year.
Q&A with Peter Guest, Bentayga project director
Were you in charge of This specific project via the start?
“Yes. I picked of which up towards the end of 2011, while our Strategy Group was still deciding how we’d expand the company. Building an SUV was the obvious thing to do. Our CEO, Wolfgang Dürheimer, knew of which better than anyone. He made of which clear via day one.”
is usually of which daunting, running something like This specific?
“of which is usually. At first, I was a bit scared, to be honest, even though I’ve been head of Centeng along with trim at Bentley for nine years along with led plenty of technical projects at TWR before of which. although of which was the size of This specific project one tended to reflect on, along with the clean sheet of paper aspect.”
Could you explain the brief for the Bentayga?
“of which’s easy. I was looking just the different day at the notes we made four years ago: to build an SUV of which would certainly sit at the pinnacle of luxury while being capable along with practical as well. We haven’t changed at all. This specific is usually the auto we’re about to launch.”
Have there been any major surprises during the auto’s development?
“Two, I think. One is usually how much people have known about the project. We’re only a tiny company, although wherever you go, people know of which’s live along with have an opinion on of which. of which’s great. The second thing is usually how much fun of which’s been. As I said, the size of the job was daunting at first, although the skills of our 20-strong core team, along with support via Mr Dürheimer, along with even the support of the UK government [which wanted to keep the work at Crewe] have made of which a actually enjoyable time. I feel very lucky.”
Comment – Why the Bentayga will be a runaway hit
We should all enjoy the debut of This specific brand-new Bentley Bentayga, because of which’s going to be special.
Rarely does a car supplier received a prepare to launch a completely brand-new type of car – something of which has never made before – knowing of which of which’ll be a roaring success. although of which’s how of which will be for Bentley, for three reasons.
First, for SUVs of all sizes, shapes along with prices, the market is usually booming. You can hardly make a mistake with them.
Second, Bentley’s manufacturing standards are so high of which there’s very little chance of which will launch something half-baked, which might be the problem with others.
Third, Bentley’s modern faithful are sitting out there inside the market, waiting for something brand-new, as Porsche owners were for the Cayenne. SUVs are prestige cars, as Range Rover proves. Bentley has always made prestige cars. The two things will go together like a dream.
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