Bentley Bentayga Extended Wheelbase launched, priced from ₹6 crore
Bentley has announced the launch of the Bentayga Extended Wheelbase (EWB) in the Indian market with their official partner, Exclusive Motors. The luxury manufacturer has brought the Bentayga EWB SUV to India in the Azure trim. Prices start at ₹6 crore (ex-showroom, India) for the Bentayga long wheelbase version, while the Azure variant commands an even higher price tag, which varies based on customisation options. Bentley has not disclosed prices for the Azure variant in India.
The difference between the standard Bentayga and the EWB is the longer wheelbase. Bentley has extended the wheelbase of the luxury SUV by 180 mm. The standard Bentayga has a wheelbase of 2,995 mm whereas the EWB has a wheelbase of 3,175 mm. The overall length now measures 5,322 mm on the latter.
The increased length is added to the rear door for easy ingress and egress along with improved legroom for occupants in the second row. Bentley has fitted the Bentayga EWB with airline seats that can be adjusted in 22 ways, which come with a new auto climate sensing system and postural adjusting technology.
The Bentayga EWB comes with a new front grille and polished 22-inch alloy wheels as standard. There are quilted seats, mood lighting, a heated steering wheel and Advanced Driver Aids on the Azure variant. Moreover, there is also all-wheel steering. At fast, highway speeds the system makes a small adjustment to the direction of the travel of the rear wheels, in tandem with the direct steering inputs from the driver to the front wheels. This increases high-speed stability and improves handling when driving through sweeping bends.
At low speeds, the all-wheel steering has the effect of shortening the wheelbase, reducing the turning circle, and increasing agility in tight urban environments making parking noticeably easier. This is achieved by steering the rear wheels in the opposite direction to the front wheels. The system provides a turning circle which is smaller than that of a standard wheelbase Bentayga 7 per cent.
Powering the massive luxury SUV is a 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbo petrol engine that produces 582 bhp and 770 Nm of peak torque. It is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The top speed of the Bentayga EWB is 290 kmph and can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in 4.6 seconds.