Bentley Bentayga gets a face-lift

When the first Bentayga launched in 2016, it was met with mixed feelings. Many, myself included, struggled with its looks and the idea of a Bentley SUV. Fast forward to 2020 and the Bentayga is no longer an anomaly and a credible part of Bentley’s range. No doubt a very successful and profitable one. But, like most things, it needs updating and today Bentley revealed the look of the latest iteration of their SUV.

The new Bentayga is, according to Bentley, the ultimate in power, luxury and usability. Whilst many out there would like to challenge that statement, few really can. Modern Bentleys are simply some of the nicest pieces of engineering around.

The biggest changes are on the outside. The familiar face is now more refined and to my eyes at least, more attractive. The new headlights have a more oval look and the cut crystal look has been borrowed from the Continental. Overall the change is subtle but one that works well. The side profile has barely changed at all. There are new wheels and a new ‘Flying B’ on the front quarter panels. Other than that, the side side profile is much the same.

From behind is where you’ll see the biggest departure. The square rear lights are replaced with thinner, oval lights much like the current Continental GT. It’s an interesting choice because they tie the car into the current Bentley design language but also look a bit odd on such big car. Time will tell if it is an improvement or not. It is certainly a Bentley though.

Inside is also a subtle update. The overall architecture remains the same but there is a new 10.9-inch screen with super high-resolution graphics and “dramatically increased connectivity”. Wireless Apple CarPlay is now standard, together with Android Auto. There is a new centre fascia and steering wheel, new door trims and “all-new” seats. Passengers in the rear also enjoy significantly more space, with legroom increased by up to 100 mm depending on configuration.

The launch version of the new Bentayga will be powered by a 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine developing 542 bhp and 568 lb.ft. (770 Nm) of torque. The V8 will later be followed by Hybrid and performance-orientated W12 Speed models.

Overall this new Bentley looks like one of the more successful face-lifts of recent times but what do you think? Let us know in the comments.