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Bentley’s Bentayga SUV is ready to tackle the wild with touch controls and night vision

We don't just see technology. We feel it.
The full reveal of Bentley’s first SUV, the Bentayga, is imminent. While we’ve seen spy shots, concepts, and renderings of what it could possibly look like, we have yet to see any bits of the interior. Now, in a new promotional video released by the luxury automaker, we glimpse of a few interior touches have been revealed.

Titled “We don’t just see technology, we feel it,” the video prominently highlights the touch sensitive drive select mode that the new SUV will feature. In other off-road-capable vehicles, this is an independent knob or selection lever, but Bentley will integrate this with the Bentayga’s engine start button, located in the center console. From here, drivers will simply slide or tap the selector to match the terrain they may be facing, and the Bentayga handles the rest.

Bentley Bentayga SUV Interior Teaser
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Before the Bentayga, the most off-roading a Bentley has ever done has been pitching up on a well-manicured estate lawn for countless Concours D’Elegance events. This is most certainly new territory for them, and we’re most curious to see what Bentley’s approach to off-roading will be. We have a good idea that the underpinnings of the SUV will be shared with other Volkswagen family products, like the Touareg and Audi Q7, but we expect Bentley to refine things in order to stand out from the rest.

Bentley Bentayga SUV Interior Teaser
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Apart from a peek at the center console arrangement, the video also shows a full-color digital information screen nestled in the gauge cluster. The screen will display a navigational map, but will also be the monitor of a night-vision system the Bentayga will apparently be using. This should up the safety factor considerably in low visibility scenarios, like heavy fog. A projected heads-up display can also be seen towards the end of the clip.

These little morsels of information are substantial enough to tease us about something we’re already excited about: something brand new. Bentayga will roll out next year, so we’re sure to see and hear more by the end of the year.

Alexander Kalogianni
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Alex K is an automotive writer based in New York. When not at his keyboard or behind the wheel of a car, Alex spends a lot of…
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