You can buy several luxury SUVs and crossovers these days if money is not a bar. From the models with a British and German origin and those from roots in Italy, the options are aplenty. However, it is not quite common to come across luxury SUVs that also possess characteristics of a sports car and in usage, feels like a blend of both. Unusual as it sounds, this is what 2018 Bentley Bentayga feels like. Which luxury SUV can tow 7500 pounds and outshines a lot of sports car in sheer acceleration? Unveiled after a really long wait- the first ever SUV from the stable of Bentley fulfills most of the claims made by the company during pre-release days. Now, it is getting a revamp for 2018 and the company has released a few variants too.
2018 Bentley Bentayga – Immaculate Design
The design of Bentley Bentayga 2018 is elegant and it makes heads turn everywhere- to say the least. The angular lines, massive honeycomb grille, 4 rounded headlamps positioned in a slanted manner- all exude classiness. Its gently sloping windshield blending into vast roofline looks absolutely aesthetic. There are three variants you can pick from – Bentayga, Bentayga Mulliner and the new Bentayga Diesel. While the Mulliner is something you can call the epitome of automobile luxury redefined- the two other trims can be clubbed with a special Mulliner package. You also get a Bentayga Onyx Edition. In all models, the sensors and cameras are hidden. There are 17 standard exterior hues and 100 more as optional. You also get 12 duotone color choices for an exterior.
The craftsmanship and luxury get magnified the moment you step into the cabin of 2018 Bentley Bentayga. Anything you look at- door trim or floor mat oozes luxury. The 2018 Bentley Bentayga can be setup to accommodate 5-7 passengers. Inside, you get high-quality leather trim and you can pick from 15 hide colors- to begin with. That is not the end of customization possibilities. You may also pick from 5 duo-tone color split choices. You can also pick the color for the car’s boot area. If you opt for a 5 seat setup- adding an event seat is possible. The dashboard can be equipped with an exquisite Breitling electronic analog clock. You may also go for Mulliner Tourbillon by Breitling –a marvel of a timepiece. They can be customized with diamonds.
2018 Bentley Bentayga – Upgrades Under the Hood
This is where things begin to get more interesting than most people would assume. Bentley has provided the 2018 Bentayga with a very powerful engine that helps it outstrip the performance of many famous sporty SUVs, as it is. The default powertrain is composed of a 6.0-liter W12 Twin Turbo TSI engine. It is mated to an 8-speed Automatic Transmission and Bentley offers AWD. The engine is very powerful and reaches 0-60 mph in 4 seconds flat which looks and feels amazing. Rated top speed of the 2018 Bentayga is 187 mph and output is 600 hp. The company calls it the fastest SUV- a claim that may be challenged by the upcoming Rolls Royce Cullinan.
The diesel engine is almost as powerful as the regular one. This 4.0-liter, 8-cylinder diesel engine makes an output of 439 hp. It reaches 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds- impressive for its class. Top speed is 168 mph.
There is no denying sheer power and acceleration that you feel while driving the 2018 Bentayga. Its active anti-roll bars are controlled by the 48-volt super-capacitor system. This helps reduce body roll even at high speeds. You will not feel a weight of the massive SUV when driving it- as it is. It also tackles a fair amount of off-roading with such composure you do not expect from a luxury SUV.
Bentley’s deployment of advanced Drive Dynamics Control helps enhance ride quality in the 2018 Bentayga. The driving modes- Bentley, Custom, Comfort, and Sport ensure you enjoy superior ride quality regardless of the terrain. The off-road settings are included in available All-Terrain Specification. In All-Terrain Specification, you get 4 more drive modes- Dirt & Gravel, Sand, Snow & Grass and Mud & Trail.
The 2018 Bentley Bentayga to the hilt- in safety and entertainment segments, so much so that it can put a BMW or Maserati to shame. Standard features include Full LED adaptive Headlamps, acoustic side glass, Panoramic Tilt / Slide Sunroof, 8″ Touch-Screen unit for Infotainment and 60 GB HDD, Navigation, Wi-Fi connectivity.
Bentley prefers to call customization options as specifications instead of packages and truth is Bentayga owners can opt for several such specifications which of course add to its already skyrocketing price tag! The City specification is aimed at enhancing features that make handling urban traffic easier. It includes features like top-view camera, Traffic Sign Recognition, City Safeguard and Pedestrian Warning.
Safety conscious buyers should like the company’s Driver Assistance Technology. The safety features comprise of City Braking & Pedestrian Warning, Blind Spot Assist, Night Vision, and Head-up Display. A number of sensors and inbuilt cameras ensure the features work perfectly.
The geeks will not be disappointed when riding a Bentayga 2018, as it is. You get a couple of 10.2” entertainment tablets for seeking on the move entertainment. Audiophiles would be delighted because there are 3 various sound systems to pick from. The Standard Bentley audio setup is there. But you can also go for Bentley Signature Audio or Naim for Bentley. The last one is a 20 speakers setup. The mood lighting in a cabin can be tweaked to the music. You can also go for Mulliner Driving Specification and Bentayga Styling Specification. The latter adds carbon fiber enhancements and helps boost aerodynamic performance and aesthetics. Touring Specification adds Adaptive Cruise Control, Traffic Assist, and Lane Assist.
2018 Bentley Bentayga – Price and Release Date
The 2018 Bentley Bentayga is priced at approx $231,825. Based on customization it can further shoot up. It will be unveiled for sale soon.
The 2018 Bentley Bentayga is in a league of its own. Its price tag may seem exorbitant. But you have to look at the feature, styling, power and overall performance it offers. Partly a flagship luxury SUV and partly a racing car- it has very few competitors.