► The new 2020 Bentayga is here
► V8 only at launch, hybrids to follow
► Mid-life facelift after five years
Can you believe the Bentley Bentayga is nearly five years old already? The British luxury SUV arrived in November 2015 and so the time has come for a mid-life facelift - and here it is, with cosmetic, engineering and digital upgrades across the board.
Every panel at the front and rear of the car has been changed to update the look. Purists may recoil at mention of SUVs from the world's greatest luxury brands, but they've been selling like hot cakes - and the head of design says the new look is designed to be more elegant.
'We spent a long time examining how to improve the proportions and character of the car,' said JP Gregory, head of exterior design in Crewe. 'New Bentayga is still instantly recognisable as a Bentley, but now has a much greater road presence... It's a more self-confident looking SUV from whatever angle you look at the car. The prouder grille and higher, more focused elliptical headlights give a much more modern expression.'
The rear lights have been taken wholesale from the latest Continental GT coupe, giving a rounder, more unified look to the rear end.
We've already driven the new 2020 Bentayga - read our review here
What's new on the 2020 Bentley Bentayga?
As well as changes to the exterior wardrobe, Bentley has lavished much attention inside the new Bentayga. The seats are all-new and engineers claim extra rear legroom. One welcome upgrade is a new 10.9-inch infotainment touchscreen, which should make navigating the car's digital systems easier and more intuitive. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard.
CAR lived with the last Bentayga for nearly a year and you can read our long-term test here. That car was a V8 and that's the only engine offered initially with the 2020 facelift, although Crewe has confirmed that hybrids and a high-performance Speed version will arrive in due course.
There's no mention of the V12 petrol engine that you'll find in the Continental GT range and which has previously been available in the SUV. Quoted specs for the 4.0-litre V8 are 542bhp and 568lb ft of torque.
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