2022 Bentley Bentayga Extended Wheelbase spy shots: Stretched SUV in the works

Bentley has updated its Bentayga for 2021, giving the SUV a new look and the latest in in-car technology.

Now the automaker is working on a long-wheelbase version, a prototype for which has just been spotted. The stretched wheelbase can clearly be identified by the longer rear doors.

Bentley is likely to call the long-wheelbase version a Bentayga Extended Wheelbase, just as the long-wheelbase version of the Mulsanne is called a Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase.

And in case you’re wondering, the “Beyond 100” script that forms part of the camouflage material is a reference to Bentley’s centennial in 2019.

2022 Bentley Bentayga Extended Wheelbase spy shots - Picture credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2022 Bentley Bentayga Extended Wheelbase spy shots – Picture credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

The stretched SUV isn’t confirmed for the United States and there’s a good chance we may not see it here. Long-wheelbase models tend to be popular in China where a lot of owners choose to ride in the back instead of doing the driving themselves, which is why many automakers offer long-wheelbase versions of sedans and SUVs exclusively in China.

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We can’t see inside so it isn’t clear how many seats are fitted. It’s possible that we could be looking at an extra-plush version with just four seats instead of the standard five, an option that Bentley started offering on the Bentayga in 2020. The Bentayga also offers seven seats thanks to a third-row option that was added in 2019.

Look for the long-wheelbase Bentayga to debut later this year.

Here in the U.S., Bentayga buyers can choose from a V-6-based plug-in hybrid powertrain, twin-turbocharged V-8 or twin-turbocharged W-12. The W-12 can be ordered in a Bentayga Speed model where it delivers 626 hp, instead of the standard 600-hp rating.

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