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2021 Bentley Bentayga features revised exterior, impressively enhanced interior

Bentley has given the Bentayga a thorough refresh for 2021.

Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

Bentley has given the Bentayga a design refresh, refining the interior fo the car and revising the exterior. Opinions on the design choices are mixed but there's one thing for sure - it still looks like a Bentley.

Every panel at the front and rear of the car has been altered by the luxury automaker. The company took design notes from the third-generation Continental GT and the new Flying Spur giving the model a look that blends in with its stablemates. Its vents are longer and door moldings are lower.

2021 Bentley Bentayga The front features new headlights that evolve the company's design language.Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

The SUV gets new elliptical headlights that feature a crystal design, which makes them appear to sparkle even when not lit. They illuminate with a contemporary wake-up sequence. Also at the front, are heated, wet-arm windscreen wipers that feature 22 washer jets in each arm.

The headlights have three different models. Town mode operates below 30 mph and projects a short but wide beam. Country mode is for travel between 30 and 60 mph and lifts the beam to a narrower field of light. Motorway mode further lifts the beam and intensifies the light to improve visibility.

Bentley is making a 22-inch wheel available in two finishes. There are now five total. The model has a 20 mm track increase at the rear.

At the car, the design is most in line with the Continental GT. Here, there are elliptical taillamps that feature an animated sweeping direction indicator. The tailgate is now full width and the license plate holder has been moved to the bumper allowing for "Bentley" lettering above. The oval sport tailpipes are larger and the roof spoiler is longer.

2021 Bentley Bentayga Newly shaped taillights give followers a menacing glare.Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

Bentley is adding Viridian, a dark shade of metallic green based on the color of the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept car, and Patina – a luxury-focused mid-tone off-white to the SUV's roster of available paint jobs.

The Blackline Specification replaces all exterior chrome with black versions.

2021 Bentley Bentayga Twenty-two inch wheels are available.Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

The SUV continues to be powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine. Hybrid and Speed versions of the model will follow later this year. The Bentayga Hybrid will be a plug-in vehicle while the Bentayga Speed will have a 6.0-liter W12 TSI engine. Bentley will further differentiate the Speed model with unique styling attributes.

The changes inside the Bentayga aren't as drastic but are seen as significant upgrades. There are new door trims and a fresh steering wheel. The center fascia has been redesigned and now features a sculpted single vent rather than the traditional bullseye center vents. The car's Breitling clock integrates into that design and sits just above the infotainment screen. There is a long pocket on the side of the console for small item storage. A wireless phone charger now sits in front of the shifter.

Bentayga is offered in three seating configurations: four-, five- or seven-seat options are available. The seven-set model has a third-row. Four-seaters have their rear seats separated by a console. In five-seater Bentayga, buyers can opt for ventilated rear seats. Legroom has been increased in some models by up to 100 mm.

The five-seat Bentayga has new seat frames, which double the travel of the rear-seat recline angle. New foam and cover designs are standard. Contrast Stitching and Hand Cross Stitching are available. Mulliner Driving Specification cars get the option of a new quilting design.

2021 Bentley Bentayga Bentley has completely redesigned the SUV's center console.Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

This Bentayga is the first in Bentley's lineup to feature available dark tint diamond brushed aluminum finish trim.

At the center of the dashboard is a new 10.9-inch infotainment touch screen with an anti-reflection and anti-glare coating. Content can be selected using the press of a finger or the push of a button. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. The model features USB-C ports.

2021 Bentley Bentayga The model will be offered in four-, five-, and seven-seat configurations.Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

The SUV has an advanced navigation system that features free text, context-specific search entry, including an address or point of interest. When applicable, navigation information can be pushed to the car's head up display.

In front of the driver is a fully digital driver's information panel. Drivers can choose from Classic or Expanded format for the screen. In Expanded format, the driver gets access to an area for maps and media information. Classic shows traditional dial information.

Over-the-air updates for key technologies in the car is standard. New connected car functionalities are available including online music, green traffic light prediction, and local hazard information. The availability of these features is market-dependent.

2021 Bentley Bentayga Rear seat passengers get a tablet to use to control their seat and climate functionality.Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

The car is available with either the standard Bentley Signature Audio system, which delivers 590 watts of sound through 12 speakers. The available Naim for Bentley system delivers 1,780 watts of sound via 20 speakers. That system also offers eight different listening modes.

There is also an air purifier.

Rear seat passengers can control technology via a 5.0-inch tablet, similar to the one found in the Flying Spur. With this tablet, riders can control rear seat heating and massage, the media system, navigation, mood lighting, and window blinds.

2021 Bentley Bentayga Bentley has made Apple CarPlay and Android Auto avaiable in the SUV.Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

The list of features also includes a hands-free powered tailgate and refrigerated bottle cooler, the City Specification Pack, and a rearview camera.

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Buying guide

How to buy a modified car: Three tips

This is a clean modified truck, but they don't all end up this way.

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Modified cars are a mixed bag. Sometimes, they're incredibly well built and better than the original, but too many times they're only partially finished or end up being rushed as their owners get late-project anxiety. Whatever the case, buying a modified car can be a stressful process if you haven't done your homework ahead of time. The good news is that you can get a good deal on a reasonably well sorted project or modified car, but you'll need to be careful. Looking at used Lexus LXs earlier today, it became clear that there are as many modified vehicles for sale as there are clean examples.

This LX got me thinking about the breakdown between buying a rig and building one. The modifications made by this Lexus' seller are almost exactly what I would do if I were building a light overlanding rig. What could go wrong? I'm still on the fence about the Lexus, but the three topics below will help you make the right decision on buying a modified car.

2004 Lexus LX 470 Even if the mods are well done, you'll want to have the vehicle inspected before you buy.Bring a Trailer

Understand your personal taste

I mentioned the LX470 and how the owner's updates were pretty close to what I'd do with the truck. That's an exception to the rule, because 90 percent of the time I walking away from a sales listing because of modifications, rather than the other way around. If you're hoping to find a tastefully modified car that matches your exact tastes, you could be waiting a while. If you're hoping to sell a modified car, the same is true in reverse. Finding a buyer for your extremely personalized project car may not be the easiest thing you've ever done.

2004 Lexus LX 470 It's a good idea to seek out vehicles in solid shape, regardless of mods.Bring a Trailer

Be aware of condition and quality

This Lexus looks to be well maintained and in good shape. It also doesn't hurt that the LX is one of the most reliable vehicles built by one of the world's most quality-conscious automakers. Even so, it's hard to know what you're getting with this, or any other, modified vehicle. There's a little rust in this image, but the lift kit, wheels, and bumper mods all look good. However, even if the truck looked brand-new, you'd want to get a pre-purchase inspection. An independent mechanic can tell you if there are potential issues that are unrelated to mods, and you'll want to be sure that any modifications are installed properly.

2004 Lexus LX 470 Some mods are more useful than others.Bring a Trailer

Keep an eye on the price

Most people are reasonable when it comes to selling their modified cars, but there are hundreds of "I know what I got" memes on the internet for a reason. Some sellers want to recover every penny of the money they spent customizing their cars. They're convinced that the mods drastically increased the car's value and can't understand why the customized car isn't as attractive to you as it is to them. Tread lightly and be careful not to insult the owner, but it's your job to work toward a reasonable, fair price.

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New AWD performance car

The Subaru WRX is all-new for 2022

The new WRX's body cladding is already stirring up controversy.

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The Subaru WRX is a rally-bred performance car that offers a unique mix of rowdy all-wheel drive fun, a value price, and youthful styling. The car is long overdue for an update, though, and Subaru is doing just that for the 2022 model year. The fifth-generation WRX is all-new, and features a more powerful engine, along with several go-fast upgrades.

2022 Subaru WRX Both a manual and an automatic transmission will be offered.Subaru

A new GT trim joins the WRX lineup for 2022. It features a new automatic transmission, adaptive dampers, and drive mode selections. With various customization options available to the driver, the system offers up to 430 different settings combinations. The GT's interior adds Recaro seats wrapped in Ultrasuede with red stitching. The GT also gets exclusive 18-inch wheels.

Though still a Boxer engine, the 2022 WRX's powerplant is new and more powerful than before. It delivers 271 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, as well as a broader torque curve. Subaru says that the larger engine plus an electronically controlled turbo wastegate and air bypass valves improve responsiveness and acceleration.

2022 Subaru WRX A larger 11.6-inch infotainment screen is on board. Subaru

All WRX models come with Subaru's Symmetrical all-wheel drive system and active torque vectoring, which can shift power to individual wheels that need the most traction. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but a new Subaru Performance Transmission is available, which features faster shifts and other features to improve performance.

The 2022 WRX also gets a tech upgrade that brings a large 11.6-inch tablet-style touchscreen. It runs Subaru Starlink infotainment, handles HVAC and vehicle controls, and offers split-screen functionality for two apps to run simultaneously. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as is Bluetooth, SiriusXM radio, and HD radio. An upgraded version of the system also offers navigation with three years of free map updates.

2022 Subaru WRX Subaru will offer a new GT trim with upgraded suspension and finishes.Subaru

As it has done with many of its other vehicles, Subaru is equipping every WRX with its EyeSight suite of advanced driver aids. The packge includes lane departure prevention, adaptive cruise control with lane centering, and more. A new available automatic emergency steering system works with the car's pre-collision braking feature to help avoid collisions at speeds under 50 mph.

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