Bentley has given its most popular model, the Bentayga large ultra-luxury SUV, a refresh that includes previously exclusive features fitted as standard – and a new ‘A’ trim for customers looking for a step up from the base model. 

This refresh comes three years after the first facelift announced in 2020, which at the time brought the model’s styling into line with the Continental and Flying Spur.

Bentley has introduced a new ‘A’ variant that will cater to customers “a first stepping stone on the luxury-focused pathway between a standard car and an Azure”. 

This variant will be for select markets; Bentley hasn’t yet confirmed which customers will be able to get their hands on this new model. 

It differs from the standard model with a straight-vaned front grille like that of the extended wheelbase (EWB) variant, and ‘A’ badging across the interior and exterior. 

The most major addition carried from the EWB to be applied to all variants is Bentley’s electronic all-wheel steering. 

The technology improves handling by providing the effect of a shortened wheelbase at low speeds, reducing the turning circle by nearly one metre. At higher speeds, the rear wheels turn in the same direction as the fronts to mimic a longer wheelbase.

Most other changes include upgrades applicable to the standard wheelbase models, while the range-topping EWB variant is receiving minor exterior upgrades. 

The body design of the EWB variant has been updated with a larger rear spoiler, which Bentley says not only extends the profile but also provides increased aerodynamic stability at speed. 

The EWB variant has also gained a carbon fibre splitter, diffuser, and door mirrors, as well as side sills with bespoke badging. 

Other exterior changes include a new 21-inch multi-spoke wheel for all variants, available in three finishes. 

Last year, Bentley introduced its luxurious ‘Airline Seat’ featuring first-class amenities such as proactive postural adjustments using 177 individual pressure changes across six independent pressure zones, as well as intricate chiropractor-developed adjustments to provide a bespoke fit for the passenger. 

These ultra-customisable seats will now be available as an optional upgrade for all Bentaygas, since Bentley says one of every two customers of the EWB Bentayga variant opts for the option. 

Bentley says air conditioning technology in the new Bentaygas has also been improved with particle matter sensors to measure the air quality inside and outside of the car and activate recirculation mode when pollution is particularly high (such as in a tunnel). 

Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) have been bolstered with new inclusions such as smartphone-controlled remote parking, 3D surround view, and emergency assist. 

The driver’s digital panel behind the wheel has been updated to include a real-time visualisation of the road ahead and any objects/obstacles, as well as updates on activated ADAS. 

Interior materials have become more sustainable, with Bentley switching to carpets made from 100 per cent recycled nylon, paired with over mats which continue to be 100 per cent pure wool.

In-cabin sound has been elevated thanks to door-mounted aluminium speakers born from Bentley’s partnership with Danish audio brand, Bang & Olufsen. 

Customers of the new Bentayga range will be able to choose from eight new exterior paint colours and a new range of satin paints on top of the 112 options already available. 

The luxury British car maker said farewell to its unique W12 engine earlier this year with a commemorative line of special edition models – including a Speed Edition 12 Bentayga. 

Customers of the facelifted 2024 Bentayga will be able to choose from the same 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 and V6 plug-in hybrid as the previous spec. 

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Eilidh McNaughton
Eilidh McNaughton is a Contributor at CarExpert.
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