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 and introducing a bold new chapter to Bentley’s dynamic design language.

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 and made real with Bentley’s world-famous sculptural prowess. 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, elegantly executed through precise attention to detail.

Strategic design elements like the ultra-sharp power line, signature ‘horseshoe’ at the rear and the muscular haunch, adding volume and power to the taller profile, are complemented by individual and dynamic detailing: the B-shaped wing vent behind the front wheel arch, ‘floating’ full-LED headlamps with integrated washers and the Bentayga’s signature ‘B’ graphic rear lamps.


See through new eyes

From the four round headlamps that flank the matrix grille to Bentley’s trademark ‘double wing’ cockpit design, the Bentayga brings the marque’s DNA to the SUV. Its hands-free 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.

And these exacting standards are applied with equal measure to the interior. From the moment you relax into the exquisitely detailed cabin, pings of light reflect from jewel-like dials and switches lying intuitively to hand, alongside seats combining breathable quilting with the finest grade leather hides - just like a tailored hunting jacket - while ample storage throughout makes full use of the Bentayga’s voluminous cabin.

To learn about the next stage in the Bentayga’s development, click here to read 'See Texture'.