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2021 Bentley Bentayga revealed to raise the luxury SUV stakes

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The Bentley that arguably started the uber-luxury SUV trend is back with an upgrade, with the new 2021 Bentayga promising more style, more tech, and more cabin comforts. It’s been five years since the original Bentayga launched, and since then we’ve seen Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, and others try their hand at the luxe-truck segment. Now, Bentley is back to raise the stakes.

Outside, the latest Continental GT and Flying Spur have shared their design language, and it leaves the new Bentayga looking sleeker and more refined. The grille is larger and more upright, lending a more imperious tone, while new intelligent LED matrix headlamps sparkle in clusters inspired by cut-crystal glassware. The front bumper is more aggressive now, too.

At the rear, there’s a new full-width tailgate and new, elliptical lamps. They’re echoed by the wide, split tailpipes. Bentley has increased the rear track width by 0.78-inches, pushing the wheels out in their arches. New 22-inch wheels are available in two finishes.

There’s a longer roof spoiler, and two new colors: a metallic Viridian green, and a mid-tone off-white called Patina. If you’d rather go for something more angsty, there’s a Blackline Specification which swaps all the exterior chrome for blacked-out versions.

Inside, a welcome dashboard upgrade

If there’s one place the old Bentayga felt like it was lacking it was the infotainment system, which paled in comparison to the tech offered in the Continental GT and Flying Spur. Happily that’s all been addressed in the 2021 Bentayga. The newly-redesigned center console now gives pride of place to a 10.9-inch touchscreen.

A row of physical shortcut keys run underneath it, but really it’s all about the new OS. That supports conversational voice recognition, a head-up display, wireless Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. There’s USB-C ports now, too – up to six of them – and an embedded data connection. The driver gets new, all-digital instrumentation, with selectable Classic and Expanded layouts.

The tech upgrade is wrapped up in the sort of luxury we’ve come to expect from Bentley. The door trims and steering wheel are new, while the bullseye vents in the center console have been replaced by a sweeping single vent that integrates the Breitling clock. There’s a new, long pocket alongside the transmission shifter, plus a wireless phone charger with signal booster.

Bentley will offer three seating configurations. The standard five-seat SUV gets new, more sculpted seats and twice the rear recline angle; there’s also the option of rear-seat ventilation, too. The four-seat layout, meanwhile, puts two individual chairs in the rear, with 1.18-inches of extra legroom when they’re upright and almost 3.93-inches when reclined. Finally, there’s a seven-seat option with three rows.

Those in the second row get a new Touch Screen Remote tablet, which pops out and offers a 5-inch interface for heating and massage, multimedia, and navigation. It can also be used to control the SUV’s LED mood lighting and window blinds. The graphics have been updated, and there’s now a quad core processor and 1GB of RAM inside.

As always there’s plenty of choice when it comes to leather and trim. Mulliner Driving Specification cars get a new quilting design, and there are eight veneers and a new dark-tint diamond brushed aluminum trim option.

The luxury is in the details

Bentley’s attention to detail starts outside, where there are new heated wipers each with 22 individual nozzles for washing the windshield. It’s an attention to detail that only gets more obsessional.

The infotainment touchscreen has both anti-glare and anti-reflection coatings, while there are integrated air ionizers for the HVAC system. Bentley Signature Audio is standard, with 590W and 12 speakers. A Naim for Bentley system is optional, with 1,780W and 20 speakers. That includes active bass drivers under both front seats, and super-tweeters in the A- and B-pillars.

The Bentayga’s headlamps don’t just look good, they also have animated welcome modes and three new adaptive settings. Town mode works at speeds under 30 mph, with a short but wide projection; Country mode activates between 30 and 60 mph, lifting the beam with a narrower field of light. Finally, Motorway mode further lifts the beam, and ramps up the intensity for longer visibility range.

There’s a hands-free power tailgate, of course, and a refrigerated bottle cooler. Various driver-assistance systems are available, too, including night vision and parking assistance.

A twin-turbo V8, at least to start

Where the first-generation Bentayga launched with Bentley’s W12 engine alone, this second-gen SUV kicks off with the twin-turbo V8. That turned out to be the best-selling engine in the original Bentayga. It’s a 4.0-liter gas engine which can deactivate half of its cylinders for economy purposes, or alternatively do 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds courtesy of 542 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque. Top speed is 180 mph.

An eight-speed ZF transmission is standard, as is permanent all-wheel drive. Bentley uses a Torsen center differential and an open rear differential with electronic lock, while self-leveling air suspension and continuous damping control are standard too. There are four ride heights, while Bentley Dynamic Ride – using a 48V electric active roll control bar – is optional.

The Drive Dynamics Mode system is standard, while the All-Terrain Specification is an option. Depending on configuration, there are up to eight drive modes – four on-road, four off – to choose between.

In the not-too-distant future, meanwhile, there’ll be two other engines available. The Bentayga Hybrid will bring its plug-in hybrid powertrain, a system that as we saw in the 2020 model suits the luxury SUV’s character nicely. Meanwhile, a Bentayga Speed will offer maximum performance, with a 6.0-liter W12 TSI engine. In the outgoing 2020 Bentayga Speed that engine is good for 626 horsepower and 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds.

2020 Bentley Bentayga price and release date

The 2021 Bentayga V8 will start at $177,000 when it arrives in the US later this year, around 5-percent more than the outgoing car. That, of course, is before you go picking your way through Bentley’s options list, explore the 56 “extended” paint finishes and 10 extra hide choices, or commission something bespoke from the Mulliner team. In the UK and Europe, meanwhile, it’ll go on sale from the beginning of July.

Pricing and availability for the new 2021 Bentayga Hybrid and 2021 Bentayga Speed W12 will be confirmed closer to their respective launches. The Hybrid is still on track for later in 2020, at least for the initial markets, with the Speed likely in the US early in 2021. As for how the new SUV holds up from behind the wheel, stay tuned for more on that.

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The Special Detail Hidden On The Cadillac Escalade-V

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If the V badge means anything in a Caddy, you can think of it as Popeye after devouring a can of spinach. The Escalade-V has a 6.2-liter supercharged gas-fed V8 engine derived from the hardcore CT5-V Blackwing. However, Cadillac engineers gave the mill a more substantial 2.65-liter R2650 TVS supercharger with four-lobe rotors capable of spinning to a heady 13,500 rpm. Pumping out up to 10 pounds of boost accessible with a heavy right foot, the Escalade-V offers 682 horsepower and 653 lb-ft of torque, making it the world’s most powerful full-size luxury SUV. In addition, the blown V8 churns out maximum torque from 4,400 rpm, which means you get ultimate shove without burying the go-pedal, a trait that most luxury car or SUV buyers love.

Sure, the Escalade is an opulent (albeit pricey) family SUV, but the V badge and magnificent supercharged V8 have given it a renewed vigor. According to Cadillac, the Escalade-V could sprint from zero to 60 mph in under 4.4 seconds. It could also breach the quarter-mile run in 12.74 seconds at 110 mph. For context, the Escalade-V has more power than a Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 and is faster than a RAM TRX at the dragstrip. Who says you can’t have fun in a three-row luxury SUV?

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Today’s Wordle Answer #382 – July 6, 2022 Solution And Hints

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The answer to Wordle’s July 6, 2022, edition is the word fluff. When it comes to an etymological analysis, there isn’t much meat to the puzzle here. A close predecessor is the word floow (also spelled as flue), which refers to a wooly substance. There’s a Flemish term called vluwe and a French word velu meaning hairy or shaggy that are said to be earlier variants of the word. Some say that the world fluff is an imitative modification of the word floow, which describes the act of puffing a light substance. Another theory is that fluff came out from the merger of flue and puff.

There’s also a movie that was released in 2020 by the name “Fluff,” but you haven’t likely seen it unless names like John Pallotta, Wesley Green, Brian Anthony Wilson, and Gina Martino ring a bell. Fluff sandwich is also a delicacy in the New England region; it gets its name from the light filling that is predominantly marshmallow with jelly or peanut butter, and is colloquially referred to as the fluffernutter.

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Samsung’s Foldable Phones Could Get Much Cheaper In The Near Future

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During the restructuring of its smartphone branding scheme, Samsung adopted the A letter for its mid-range phones, reserving M for entry-level devices (spoiler: the three phone families now spell S, A, M). The Galaxy A series usually has some resemblance to flagship Galaxy S phones, particularly in design, but often skimps out on other hardware components like the processor, memory, and cameras. According to an insider source (via ETnews), Samsung will be using the same tactic to bring down its foldable prices to a more agreeable level.

The report doesn’t say which corners will allegedly be cut to reach that lower price point, though it does mention only having core functions installed. If there is one thing that Samsung can’t skimp on, however, it is the durability of the foldable phone and the materials it will use. If a cheap foldable phone with an already fragile display is easily damaged, it will only serve to scare potential buyers away rather than increase confidence in the product line.

Samsung will reportedly target a price of 1 million KRW, which is roughly $770 USD and therefore considerably cheaper than even the Galaxy Z Flip 3 model’s price tag. This won’t be happening anytime soon, though, as the pieces are unlikely to fall into place until 2024 — presumably when foldable displays themselves have become less expensive to make. Samsung’s timeline might also be influenced by Apple’s foldable plans, as the Korean company will most likely want to have its brand well-established in that market before the first foldable iPhone or iPad launch.

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