See light

Scheduled for launch in late 2015, the Bentayga has been three years in the making. It is a vehicle designed from the outset to take luxury to new heights, changing forever the way the world sees the SUV.

The new Bentley Bentayga - we see light

A Flash of Inspiration

To create such a revolutionary car, Bentley’s designers were compelled to think in new ways. No strangers to creating modern design classics – many members of the Bentayga team worked on the iconic Continental GT – they were faced with creating Bentley’s very first SUV. Taller, tougher and more versatile than any grand tourer, it nevertheless had to bear the Bentley hallmarks of unrivalled luxury and performance. It had to drive like a Bentley, feel like a Bentley and above all, look like a Bentley. All in all, it was quite a brief.

So the design team began where they always begin. With light.


What do you see?

When you look at a car, you don’t really see it. It’s the same when you look at any solid object. Colours and contours are merely illusions; all our eyes really see is light, bouncing off surfaces in different ways. It is the way our brains process that light that gives us our 3D view of the world.
Every aspect of every Bentley exterior is designed with this principle in mind. Whether it’s bathed in bright sunlight or the multi-coloured chaos of the city by night, the shape you see is not metal. You are looking at a sculpture in light.


See through new eyes

From the four round headlamps that flank the matrix grille to the famous Bentley power line that runs along the side of its sleek body, the Bentayga brings Bentley style to the SUV. Its tailgate hosts redesigned Bentley tail-lamps, the lights themselves segmenting when the tailgate is raised.

Light bounces from the Bentayga with a sleek sophistication shared by few cars in the world. In the SUV category, it stands on its own. Because it is not just the world’s most luxurious SUV. Nor is it just the fastest. It is a true revolution: the first time Bentley’s unique approach to design has been brought to bear on a car of this kind.

To learn about the next stage in the Bentayga’s development, click here.