The new Bentley Bentayga SUV features a triple-charged diesel-powered 4.0-liter V8 engine.
The Bentayga will be the first Bentley model to feature a diesel engine. Its V8 engine is able to produce 435 horsepower and reach 62mph in 4.8 seconds. It is also capable of achieving a top speed of 167mph, thanks to its eight-speed automatic transmission. It’s the same engine featured in the Audi SQ7. The original gas-powered Bentyaga was launched in 2015 with a less-than-modest twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter engine, able to yield 600 horsepower.
Bentley’s Bentayga was named after Taiga, the world’s largest transcontinental snow forest and after the Roque Betayga peak of Gran Canaria, on the Canary Islands.
The Bentayga is also the fastest and most advanced diesel luxury-level SUV, as it only emits 210 g/km of CO2, 96 units less than its gas-powered counterpart, thus becoming the Bentley with the lowest CO2 output.
With a fuel economy of 28 miles-per-gallon, it has a road travel capacity of 621 miles as it consumes its 22.5-gallon tank.
“Immense power, grand touring capabilities, and superb refinement – this is a true Bentley. Only Bentley could produce a car so powerful, yet so refined,” stated Wolfgang Dürheimer, Bentley Motors CEO.
Design, availability, variations
The Bentayga’s exterior features a black and bold grille on the front bordered by chrome highlights, combined with twin-quad tailpipes. It also features LED headlamps and taillights which have now become an industry standard.
The Bentayga models allow for a selection of 5 interior hides. Drivers can enable the Bentayga’s seven-seat configuration, being the only luxury diesel SUV capable of doing so.
It is also possible to opt for a 22-way adjustable front seat with massage, ventilation, comfort headrests, and electric seat belt adjuster. A heated steering wheel is also available, paired with mood lighting and hands-free tailgates.
Bentley has already hinted that the Bentayga will also be its first plug-in hybrid, after being released featuring a diesel engine. The plug-in Bentayga will have copper-colored accents in the interior and exterior.
The plug-in variation of the Bentayga is set to be released in 2017. A Supersports version of the Bentayga will also be launched in the future, featuring the same engine as the gas-powered model but with upgraded horsepower and torque output.
Bentley had calculated that 3,500 Bentaygas would be sold over the course of 2016 but they reached the goal sooner than expected, being forced to increase production to 5,000 SUVs that were instantly reserved by buyers.
Bentley’s new diesel-powered luxury SUV will be presented at car showrooms in early 2017. The Bentayga Diesel is only available in Australia, Europe, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. There has not been any announcement regarding Bentayga sales in the U.S.