Bentley Bentayga Officially Announced, Still Not Any Easier To Spell

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole

After two years and one seriously overhauled concept, Bentley took the wrapper off its first SUV on Wednesday, which made it the first automaker to offer an ultra-luxury SUV — and certainly not the last.

Bentley’s Bentayga will be powered by an all-new W-12 engine that produces 600 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, according to the automaker. That will motivate the three-ton behemoth from 0-60 mph in 4 seconds on its way up to a top speed of 187 mph.

The initial Bentaygas will be gasoline versions with a turbocharged diesel and plug-in hybrid variants soon to follow, according to Bentley.

Bentley didn’t say how much the Bentaygas would cost at launch, so we’re telling you there’s still a chance.

All the typical over-the-top Bentley-isms are here: champagne chiller in the back, diamond clock up front, Crewe-stitched everything inside, but the automaker’s most telling part of their announcement Wednesday were its first words:

“A true Bentley … “

Constructed on a modified platform of the Audi Q7, the Bentayga would be the first chassis shared with Audi (the Continental and Mulsanne share a chassis with the Volkswagen Phaeton) and a point of pride for every Q7 owner from here after (“It’s basically a Bentley underneath, you know”).

The automaker said it would offer seating for seven people in upcoming versions of the Bentayga, but not at launch. The SUV will be available in six different packages, including two different styling packages, however none were specified. We can’t wait to see the “tow package.”

The Bentayga will convince buyers of its off-road ability with a standard Driving Dynamics Mode and an optional Responsive Off-Road Setting that will be configurable to mud, sand, chalets, snowy driveways, hell freezing over and probably rocks and stuff. The SUV will also come standard with a suite of safety features including adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, rear cross path alert and park assist that will help you park your sweet, sweet ride without scuffing its 22-inch wheels.

The Bentayga will be available in 17 different “base” colors and 90 additional hues if your pockets are deep enough. The W-12 uses cylinder deactivation to achieve up to 20 mpg on the highway, in addition to a transmission separation that allows the car to coast.

The Bentayga will be shown to the public at the Frankfurt Auto Show later this month.

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  • Kyree Kyree on Sep 10, 2015

    The Mulsanne does not share a platform with any of Volkswagen Group's other vehicles. It's rather old-world in that it's completely hand-built by Bentley, and still uses the brand's heritage 6 and 3/4-liter V8. It does use Audi electronics, however.

  • DeadWeight DeadWeight on Sep 10, 2015

    This is the automotive equivalent of the Hublot Big Bang (cue Jack).

  • Varezhka I have still yet to see a Malibu on the road that didn't have a rental sticker. So yeah, GM probably lost money on every one they sold but kept it to boost their CAFE numbers.I'm personally happy that I no longer have to dread being "upgraded" to a Maxima or a Malibu anymore. And thankfully Altima is also on its way out.
  • Tassos Under incompetent, affirmative action hire Mary Barra, GM has been shooting itself in the foot on a daily basis.Whether the Malibu cancellation has been one of these shootings is NOT obvious at all.GM should be run as a PROFITABLE BUSINESS and NOT as an outfit that satisfies everybody and his mother in law's pet preferences.IF the Malibu was UNPROFITABLE, it SHOULD be canceled.More generally, if its SEGMENT is Unprofitable, and HALF the makers cancel their midsize sedans, not only will it lead to the SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST ones, but the survivors will obviously be more profitable if the LOSERS were kept being produced and the SMALL PIE of midsize sedans would yield slim pickings for every participant.SO NO, I APPROVE of the demise of the unprofitable Malibu, and hope Nissan does the same to the Altima, Hyundai with the SOnata, Mazda with the Mazda 6, and as many others as it takes to make the REMAINING players, like the Excellent, sporty Accord and the Bulletproof Reliable, cheap to maintain CAMRY, more profitable and affordable.
  • GregLocock Car companies can only really sell cars that people who are new car buyers will pay a profitable price for. As it turns out fewer and fewer new car buyers want sedans. Large sedans can be nice to drive, certainly, but the number of new car buyers (the only ones that matter in this discussion) are prepared to sacrifice steering and handling for more obvious things like passenger and cargo space, or even some attempt at off roading. We know US new car buyers don't really care about handling because they fell for FWD in large cars.
  • Slavuta Why is everybody sweating? Like sedans? - go buy one. Better - 2. Let CRV/RAV rust on the dealer lot. I have 3 sedans on the driveway. My neighbor - 2. Neighbors on each of our other side - 8 SUVs.
  • Theflyersfan With sedans, especially, I wonder how many of those sales are to rental fleets. With the exception of the Civic and Accord, there are still rows of sedans mixed in with the RAV4s at every airport rental lot. I doubt the breakdown in sales is publicly published, so who knows... GM isn't out of the sedan business - Cadillac exists and I can't believe I'm typing this but they are actually decent - and I think they are making a huge mistake, especially if there's an extended oil price hike (cough...Iran...cough) and people want smaller and hybrids. But if one is only tied to the quarterly shareholder reports and not trends and the big picture, bad decisions like this get made.