Bentley launches 'the most advanced seat ever fitted to a car'

The new Bentley Bentayga EWB high-riding limo comes with an optional Airline Seat specification for long journeys.

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You don’t need to fly business class to experience the height of luxury travel – you need to look into a Bentley Bentayga EWB.

The UK-based ultra-luxury brand’s optional ‘Airline Seat’ in the stretched Bentayga (revealed in May this year) is billed as “the most advanced seat ever fitted to a car”. The company expects half of Bentayga EWB buyers to tick the Airline Seat options box.

“With initial customer uptake of 50 per cent for the Airline Seat specification, the Bentayga EWB demonstrates a new benchmark in wellbeing features, providing the most comfortable experience possible for those travelling on extraordinary journeys,” it adds.

The rear seats include proactive postural adjustments, quietly adjusting contact pressure between body and seat through soft pneumatic activation zones. Bentley says the system can apply 177 individual pressure changes across six independent pressure zones.

Creating small changes in seat surface contact zones means body tissues that have been under pressure gain relief, and take on blood flow. Bentley’s system thereby employs what it cryptically calls a “three-dimensional twist” to relieve pressure points.

The seats are also paired to different profiles, so they can can morph to suit different customer shapes and builds. This means adjustable leg and footrests, backrest bolstering, cushion bases, and headrests.

The motions are controlled by algorithms developed in collaboration with a chiropractor specialised in dealing with clients who experience discomfort on long car journeys, Bentley claims, and have been subjected to medical trials.

An array of 12 silent electric motors deliver 22 ways of adjustment, joined by three intelligent pneumatic valve electronic control units. The combination of motors and valves is overseen by a master Seat Motion & Wellbeing ECU.

The rear seat passenger on the passenger’s side of the car can also move the front seat forwards via a ‘VIP mode’.

Finally, after a rear seat passenger selects their desired temperature from seven different levels, the auto climate seat senses passenger temperature and surface humidity with an accuracy of 0.1°C every 25 milliseconds.

The system can thereby determine whether to apply heat, ventilation or both simultaneously to keep the passenger “at optimum thermal wellbeing”.

After countless rumours and spied prototypes, Bentley officially revealed the stretched Bentayga Extended Wheelbase (EWB) ultra-luxury SUV in May.

This new model has a 180mm longer wheelbase which translates to extra rear cabin space. There are apparently 2500 new parts in the Bentayga EWB which make up changes to the underfloor, side panels, doors and roof.

The Bentayga EWB is available for order in Australia late 2022 with vehicles expected for arrival in 2023, the company said.

MORE: Stretched Bentley Bentayga EWB revealed

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