The new Bentley Bentayga EWB is an SUV limousine

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

The Bentley Bentayga is already one of the most luxurious cars on the road, but a new model promises an even greater level of opulence. Called the Bentley Bentayga EWB, which stands for “Extended Wheelbase”, this new model is longer than the standard Bentayga and is primarily aimed at chauffeured 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 demand a premium over the regular Bentayga, with high spec cars likely to top £300,000.

The Bentley Bentayga is one of many luxury SUVs on sale, rivaling the Lamborghini Urus and Aston Martin DBX. However, the new EWB model is intended to target a different niche in the market, previously occupied by the now discontinued Bentley Mulsanne limo.

As the name suggests, the extra length of the new Bentley Bentayga EWB is found in the car’s wheelbase (the distance between the front and rear wheels). This should allow for greater comfort and more legroom for rear passengers. The EWB measures over 5.3m in length, approximately 18cm longer than the standard model. To put that into perspective, the long-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 increased to allow for easier entry and exit. The extravagance continues because, just like the Rolls Royce Cullinan, these are electrically operated and close with the press of a button.

Upon entering the EWB, customers have the choice of three different seating configurations; the four-seat Bentayga adds two first-class style seats in the back. Like the doors, these are electrically operated and offer 22 adjustment modes, so even the most demanding executives can find a comfortable position. The luxury doesn’t stop there, however, as these seats also offer a massage function and fold-down trays so passengers can carry important business on the go.

The five-seat configuration is similar to what you’d find in more plebeian SUVs, with a middle fifth seat. Although it doesn’t offer the same levels of comfort as Bentley Airline seats, the rear seat is still wrapped in plush leather. The “four+1” configuration offers a happy medium between the two, with larger, heavily bolstered outboard rear seats and an occasional smaller third seat in the middle.

Like all Bentleys, the Bentayga’s interior can be customized to suit the owner’s personal taste. However, the Bentaya EWB is the brand’s most highly configurable to date, with up to 24 billion possible combinations for trim, upholstery, paint and wheel choices. Making its debut on the Bentayga EWB, the new Diamond Illumination option mounts LEDs behind the perforations in the leather upholstery, to create a unique lighting effect in the dark.

Buyers who struggle when they have too many choices can opt for one of Bentley’s preconfigured special edition specs: Azure and First Edition. The former gets 22-inch 10-spoke wheels, exterior chrome detailing, model-specific embroidery and badging, quilted seats, mood lighting and a heated steering wheel. The First Edition cars feature the aforementioned Diamond Illumination trim as well as an upgraded Naim audio system.

To compensate for the car’s colossal size, the Bentayga EWB is the first version of the luxury brand’s SUV to adopt a four-wheel steering system. At low speed, it is able to steer the rear wheels in the opposite direction to those of the front in order to provide a tighter turning radius. This means that the EWB model has a turning radius of 11.8 meters – smaller than even a regular Bentayga.

Under the hood, the larger EWB Bentayga is powered by Bentley’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. This produces 542bhp and can take the Bentayga from 0-62mph in just 4.5 seconds, to a top speed of 180mph – despite the car’s weight of over two and a half tonnes. The standard Bentayga is also offered as a relatively efficient plug-in hybrid with an electric-only range of 25 miles; although not available at launch, we can expect a PHEV version of the Bentayga EWB to be offered later.

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