2015 Bentley Bentayga unveiled
Bentley’s first ever SUV product will go on sale next year, with prices starting at £0,0
Launching a host of fresh Bentayga details today, the company describes its £0,0 product as “the fastest, most powerful, most luxurious along with most exclusive SUV inside the planet”. the idea also has “the planet’s finest automotive cabin” of which offers “unparalleled luxury” in its sector, according to Bentley.
the idea’s all part of Crewe’s strategy to maximise the short lead the idea can be about to open up over additional budding premium SUV makers, notably Rolls-Royce along with Lamborghini, when the Bentayga goes on sale next year. yet up to half a dozen expensive car brands are rushing to create fresh SUVs for the niche they believe can be 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 can be 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 fresh SUV, as well as the luxury.
“Owners may never drive these vehicles off road,” said engineering director Rolf Frech, “yet they must know the idea will perform in tough conditions.”
Frech devised a million-mile test regime, the toughest yet for a Bentley, taking prototypes to all 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 can be a part.
Today’s Bentayga can be lower along with more ‘Bentley-like’ yet can be still 5.14 metres long, that has a wheelbase of nearly three metres. the idea can be slightly longer than a long-wheelbase Range Rover, yet the roof can be about 60mm lower – a move, designers say, of which helps maintain the Bentley sporting character. The styling comparison they prefer can be with the sleek Porsche Cayenne rather than the tall Range Rover.
The Bentayga uses an iteration of the VW Group’s fresh MLB-Evo platform for large vehicles of which has already been used for Audi’s fresh Q7 along with can be coming soon in an all-fresh Cayenne.
Construction can be described as aluminium-intensive (the Bentayga’s bodyside can be the industry’s largest single aluminium pressing), yet materials are a mix of aluminium, steel along with composites, according to function.
The Bentayga has an all-fresh computer-controlled air spring system whose ride height, damping, roll control, stability, hill descent along with traction are all controlled by the driver coming from a console-mounted rotary control. There are four selectable on-road modes along with four for off-road driving.
One innovative feature can be 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. the idea provides both stability in hard cornering along that has a relaxed ride on the motorway.
The Bentayga can be 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 the idea 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 can be a fresh electrically assisted system that has 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 can be proud of its status as the VW Group’s centre of excellence for 12-cylinder engines along with has worked hard to make the fresh engine (which will be used by selected Audis along with VWs) more compact than its predecessor. The fresh W12 can be 24% shorter than a V12 might be, Bentley claims, a great aid to packaging.
The fresh W12, which can be mounted north-south inside the nose, packs 600bhp at 6000rpm along with 663lb ft of torque between 1250rpm along with 4500rpm. the idea 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, yet 21s along with 22s are also available. Soon, Bentley says, Bentaygas will come with both diesel along with plug-in hybrid powertrains. This particular will be Crewe’s first hybrid, although the system can be 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 fresh 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 can be turning below 3000rpm or developing up to a third of its torque, provided the auto can be in at least third gear.
Another efficiency measure on the move can be 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 product that has a 2422kg kerb weight along that has 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 can be better than of which of previous W12 products yet not a vast improvement, along with combined fuel consumption of 22.1mpg can be the reason why the Bentayga needs an 87-litre fuel tank
The cabin bristles with high-quality materials (“If the idea looks like metal, the idea can be metal”) along that has a vast selection of standard along with optional fresh-era equipment. The Indoor designers’ mission was to set quality standards of which exceed any previous SUV along with rival additional Bentleys.
The fascia design echoes the wings of the Bentley badge, flowing coming from 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 fresh diamond-quilted seats with up to 22-way adjustment are some details.
You can order either a two or three-person rear seat structure, along with the rear seat system folds down to carry extra luggage. A seven-seat structure can be coming.
Bentley’s UK dealers are already taking orders for the Bentayga, which can be 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 particular project coming from the start?
“Yes. I picked the idea 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 the idea clear coming from day one.”
can be the idea daunting, running something like This particular?
“the idea can be. 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. yet the idea was the size of This particular 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 additional day at the notes we made four years ago: to build an SUV of which might sit at the pinnacle of luxury while being capable along with practical as well. We haven’t changed at all. This particular can be the auto we’re about to launch.”
Have there been any major surprises during the auto’s development?
“Two, I think. One can be how much people have known about the project. We’re only a little company, yet wherever you go, people know the idea’s live along with have an opinion on the idea. of which’s great. The second thing can be how much fun the idea’s been. As I said, the size of the job was daunting at first, yet the skills of our 20-strong core team, along with support coming from Mr Dürheimer, along with even the support of the UK government [which wanted to keep the work at Crewe] have made the idea a genuinely enjoyable time. I feel very lucky.”
Comment – Why the Bentayga will be a runaway hit
We should all enjoy the debut of This particular fresh Bentley Bentayga, because the idea’s going to be special.
Rarely does a car any prepare to launch a completely fresh type of car – something the idea has never made before – knowing of which the idea’ll be a roaring success. yet of which’s how the idea will be for Bentley, for three reasons.
First, for SUVs of all sizes, shapes along with prices, the market can be booming. You can hardly make a mistake with them.
Second, Bentley’s manufacturing standards are so high of which there’s very little chance the idea 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 fresh, 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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