The 2023 Bentayga Extended Wheelbase Gets a Ridiculously Complex Rear Seat

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Photo credit: Bentley
Photo credit: Bentley

Bentley has a new way for customers to spend even more money on its SUV. The Bentayga Extended Wheelbase, meant to fit as a replacement for the company's flagship Mulsanne sedan, is here with seven inches of extra legroom and 24 billion possible trim combinations, the automaker announced in a press release Tuesday. Get your wallets ready, rich people.

The Extended Wheelbase is the fifth Bentayga trim to hit the market since the car's introduction in 2015. Changes to the floor, side panels, doors, and roof extends the wheelbase and rear legroom by exactly 7.08 inches. That means a new wheelbase of 125 inches and an overall length of 209.52 inches.

Of course, Bentley didn't just stretch the Bentayga's body and call it a day. The rear seating area has been totally revamped to provide the utmost comfort to occupants. The automaker says there are 24 billion possible trim combinations alone, with a total number of possible specifications "running into the trillions." So it'll be pretty easy to come up with a one-of-one Bentayga if you're creative.

A new "Airline Seat" specification is the most advanced seat ever fitted to the car, according to the British automaker. It has 22 ways of adjustment and a maximum recline angle of 40 degrees. But wait, there's more:

The auto climate seat technology senses occupant temperature and surface humidity and then determines whether to apply heat, ventilation or both simultaneously to keep the occupant at optimum thermal well-being. Meanwhile, the postural adjustment system automatically makes micro adjustments to the occupant’s seating position and pressure points, by measuring pressure across the seat surface. The system can apply 177 individual pressure changes across six fully independent pressure zones over a three-hour period improving comfort and minimizing fatigue throughout a journey.

It's safe to say attention to detail is clearly Bentley's strong suit, then.

The inside isn't the only part that's received upgrades to accommodate the extra length. The Bentayga Extended Wheelbase gets the base car's optional 48-volt active anti-roll bars and rear-wheel steering as standard. That means the Extended Wheelbase actually has a tighter turning circle than the standard Bentayga.

Though Bentley has yet to release pricing for the Bentayga Extended Wheelbase, the big SUV is already available to order in most countries. It'll launch first with the base Bentayga's 542-hp 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8, though we suspect W-12-powered variants to become available shortly after. First deliveries are expected in Q4 of 2022.

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