It was not a secret that Bentley was working on its first SUV, but today the British manufacturer revealed the name of its upcoming vehicle: Bentayga. According to Bentley, the name is inspired by the natural world, along with the company’s founder. The rugged peak of the Roque Bentayga in the subtropical Canary Islands draws attention from all directions and a challenging climb rewards with spectacular panoramic views of a rich and diverse landscape.
The new model promises to redefine the luxury SUV segment and will go on into production in 2016, while a plug-in hybrid version will be introduced in 2017. There aren’t too many details but we expect the vehicle to arrive with a 6.0-liter W12 engine that generates around 600 hp and 400 Nm of torque.
Still, we also expect to see the smaller 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine producing over 400 hp. The plug-in hybrid version could use a smaller V6 engine as well as an electric motor. Bentley said that its plug-in hybrid SUV could offer a full-electric range of 30 km, while CO2 emissions will be 130 g/km.
Wolfgang Dürheimer, Chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors, comments: “Bentayga is a name that reflects what we know our SUV will do better than any other car in the world – combine the best automotive luxury with outstanding performance to take the Bentley experience to new environments.”
Bentley envisioned the new Bentayga to be a groundbreaking, advanced and connected luxury sports utility vehicle, as made possible by an array of state-of-the-art driver assistance systems and infotainment elements that were designed to improve comfort, convenience and safety.
Through the Bentley's Drive Dynamics Mode and optional Responsive Off-Road Setting, the new Bentayga offers with widest array of on- and off-road drive settings among vehicles. Drivers could choose from up to eight modes to create the perfect dynamic set-up for any surface or road condition. These features are complemented by Bentley Dynamic Ride – an electrically activated 48V active roll control system -- as well as Electric Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS).
The optional Responsive Off-Road Setting offers a variety of vehicle settings for a wide range of off-road surfaces. The Driver Information Panel, on the other hand, shows relevant information like wheel articulation, steering angle, pitch, roll, altitude and compass bearing.
Meanwhile, the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) -- including Stop & Go, Predictive ACC and Traffic Assist systems – allows the driver to keep a set distance to the vehicle up front. Predictive ACC, meanwhile, employs the navigation data, sensors and cameras to predict upcoming corners, city boundaries and even speed-limit changes. Predictive ACC then modifies the speed of the Bentayga accordingly to enhance both comfort and fuel economy.
The new Bentayga also comes with several driver aids that could assist the driver during urban driving. For instance, the Traffic Sign Recognition could detects traffic signs and displays information to the driver while the Rear Crossing Traffic Warning – employing radar technology – could detect crossing traffic when backing out from a parking space. On the other hand, the Top View system employs four cameras to display an overall image of the surroundings.