The new Bentley Bentayga EWB is a versatile limousine

  • 18 cm longer than the regular Bentayga
  • New four-wheel steering
  • Electric seats and rear doors

The Bentley Bentayga is already considered one of the most luxurious cars on the road, but the new model promises an even higher level of opulence. Dubbed the Bentley Bentayga EWB, which stands for ‘Extended Wheel Base’, this new model is longer than the standard Bentayga and is aimed first and foremost at chauffeur-driven passengers, with additional legroom in the rear.

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Pricing for the new Bentayga EWB has yet to be announced, but we expect it to claim a higher premium than the regular Bentayga, with the high-spec cars potentially priced at £300,000.

The Bentley Bentayga is one of the many luxury SUVs for sale, rivaling the likes of the Lamborghini Urus and Aston Martin DBX. However, the new EWB model is meant to target a different market niche, formerly filled with the now discontinued Bentley Mulsanne limousine.

As the name implies, the extra length of the new Bentley Bentayga EWB is located at the vehicle’s wheelbase (the space between the front and rear wheels). This should allow more comfort and legroom for the rear passengers. The EWB is over 5.3 meters long – about 18cm longer than the standard model. To put this in perspective, the longer wheelbase version of the latest Range Rover is 7cm shorter.

While the Bentayga’s overall length has increased for the EWB, the rear doors have also grown to make it easier to get in and out. Oversleeves, just like Rolls Royce Cullinan, is electrically operated and will shut off with the push of a button.

Upon entering the EWB, customers can choose from three different seating configurations; The four-seater Bentayga adds two first-class armchairs in the rear. Like the doors, they are electrically actuated and offer 22 ways of adjustment, so even the most demanding executives can find a comfortable position. The luxury does not stop there, as these seats also offer a massage function and foldable tray tables so that passengers can perform important tasks on the go.

The five-seat configuration is similar to what you find in more general SUVs, with a fifth center seat. Although not offering the same levels of comfort as the Bentley Airline seats, the rear seat is still wrapped in premium leather. The ‘four +1’ configuration provides a middle ground between the two, with larger, heavily bolstered outer rear seats and a smaller third seat in the middle.

Just like all Bentleys, the cabin of the Bentayga can be customized to suit the owner’s personal tastes. However, the Bentaya EWB is the brand’s most configurable model to date, with up to 24 billion possible combinations for finish, upholstery, paint and wheel options. When debuting on the Bentayga EWB, the new Diamond Lighting option installs LEDs behind the perforations in the leather upholstery, to create a unique lighting effect in the dark.

Buyers who struggle when presented with too many options can instead opt for one of Bentley’s pre-made Special Edition specifications: Azure and First Edition. The first has 22-inch, 10-spoke wheels, chrome exterior detailing, model-specific stitching and badges, padded seats, mood lighting, and a heated steering wheel. First Edition vehicles feature the Diamond Illumination trim mentioned above as well as an upgraded Naim sound system.

To make up for the car’s sheer size, the Bentayga EWB is the first version of the luxury all-wheel drive SUV to adopt all-wheel steering. At lower speeds, this can turn the rear wheels in the opposite direction to those in the front in order to provide a tighter turning circle. This means that the EWB model has a turning circle of 11.8 meters – smaller than that of the regular Bentayga.

Under the hood, the larger EWB Bentayga is powered by a 4.0-liter Bentley V8 twin-turbocharged engine. This produces 542 horsepower and can take the Bentayga from 0-62 mph in just 4.5 seconds, to a top speed of 180 mph — despite the car weighing just over two and a half tons. The standard Bentayga is also offered as a relatively efficient all-electric hybrid with a range of 25 miles; Although not available at launch, we expect to introduce a PHEV version of the Bentayga EWB in the future.

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