Production of new Bentley Bentayga goes into full-swing, Euro customers to get it first

LONDON: Bentley Motors has announced that the production of its recently unveiled Bentayga has started.

The company also announced that deliveries will be starting in Europe first as its production capacity is allowed to increase from 50% to 100% while still maintaining social distancing.

The Bentayga, now in a mid-cycle refresh, boasts a new front end that picks its design cues from the third-generation Continental GT and Flying Spur to form a new family.

The matrix grille has been enlarged and made to be more upright than before while its LED matrix headlights take on a design that's inspired by cut crystal glassware.

To add a sense of sportiness, the front bumper has also been emphasised before equipping it with heated wet-arm windscreen wipers for the first time which possess 22 washer jets in each arm.

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At the rear, it sports a new full-width tailgate with new encapsulated lamps which forces the licence plate lower into the bumper for a cleaner appearance and wide split tailpipes have been used below it.

The rear track has been increased by 20mm that helps to reposition the newly designed wheels unique to the Bentayga alone within the arches.

Inside, the cabin will feature a new centre fascia, steering wheel, door trims and seats (with ventilation in the rear for the five-seat cabin option).

Passengers in the rear also enjoy significantly more space, with legroom having been increased by up to 100mm depending on the configuration.

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Also included is a next-generation infotainment system has been integrated seamlessly into the handcrafted, Bentley ‘wing’ dashboard design and features a 10.9-inch display screen with edge-to-edge graphics.

The all-new digital display includes super high-resolution and dynamic graphics which are configurable to suit driver preferences.

The latest hardware and software bring all-new navigation with satellite maps, online search and other features.

Wireless Apple CarPlay is standard for the first time, alongside the existing wired system, along with Android Auto (market dependant).

Rear seat occupants benefit from the introduction of a new, larger touchscreen remote control tablet, similar to that introduced in the all-new Flying Spur.

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Connectivity around the car has been significantly improved, with USB-C data ports and a wireless phone charger now standard.

The new Bentayga is now provided with an embedded SIM-card slot, as with the latest Continental GT models, meaning My Bentley (available both on Apple iOS and Android mobile platforms) connected car features no longer require customers to provide data connection.

The interior can be further enhanced with dark tint diamond brushed aluminium trim for the first time in a Bentley.

There are also two straight-grained veneers new to Bentayga - Koa and Crown Cut Walnut.

Mulliner Driving Specification adds a new quilting design, and micro piping detailing is a new option for the seats.

The new model will initially be launched in with a V8’s 4.0-litre twin-turbo engine producing 550PS and 770Nm of torque with the plug-in Hybrid and W12-powered Speed versions to follow later this year.

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