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2021 Bentley Bentayga features revised exterior, impressively enhanced interior

Bentley has given the Bentayga a thorough refresh for 2021.

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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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The Nissan Ariya has wind glide over it in the testing tunnel.

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Nissan is targeting a drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.297 for the Ariya all-electric crossover. If it can make that number, it will be the company's most aerodynamic crossover to date. What does that mean? Let's take a closer look.

What is drag?

Simply put, drag is an aerodynamic force. It's mechanical in nature, so it is the result of the interaction of a solid body and a liquid. In the case of a car, this liquid is air. (Yes, air is a liquid.) It only occurs when one part of the equation (the solid body or the liquid) is in motion. If there is no motion, there is no drag.

Drag only occurs in the opposite direction of the object's movement. Think of a car cutting through the air as it drives down a north-south road. As the car heads north, the air it passes through is pushed south. The car is in motion; there is drag.

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What is coefficient of drag?

The coefficient of drag, also called a drag coefficient, is a number that aerodynamics professions (aerodynamicists) use to determine the shape, inclination, and flow conditions on a vehicle's drag. The shape of an object (bullet vs. square vs prism, etc.) has a large impact on the amount of drag created by airflow surrounding a vehicle. Objects with narrower front ends tend to have a lower coefficient.

Scientists and vehicle designers want to keep air moving around the car for maximum efficiency. The inclination of the airflow to either move in a smooth, connected pattern, or to be broken up with air sitting, stalling in one particular part of the vehicle, lessening airflow and making the vehicle less aerodynamic.

A vehicle's Cd is determined by plugging various measurements into an equation. Cd is equal to drag (D) divided by the quantity of density (r) multiplied by half the velocity (V) squared multiple by the reference area (A). As an equation, it looks like this: Cd = D / (A * .5 * r * V^2).

The smaller the Cd, the more aerodynamic a vehicle is.

2022 Nissan Ariya

The Nissan Ariya employs aerodynamic wheel design, made to help it cut though the air with greater ease.

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What is the coefficient of drag of the Nissan Ariya?

"With the growing shift towards electric mobility, aerodynamic testing is becoming increasingly important. The aerodynamics of electric vehicles are directly linked to how efficiently the vehicle moves – less drag and better stability allows the customer to drive longer distances before having to recharge," said Sarwar Ahmed, Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics Engineer at Nissan Technical Centre Europe.

Nissan is targeting a 0.297 coefficient of drag for the Ariya. How will it achieve that number? By utilizing precisely shaped body lines and strategically placed air ducts, among other components. There's a bonus to better aerodynamics when it comes to EVs.

"Following official homologation of the Nissan Ariya later this year, we anticipate the range to improve compared to the 310 mile figure shared in 2020 during the World Premiere. This will give drivers more efficiency and confidence to go even further on a single charge," said Marco Fioravanti, VP Product Planning, Nissan Europe.

How does the Ariya's coefficient of drag compare to other Nissans?

The newest Nissans, the Kicks, Pathfinder, and Frontier, don't have their Cd publicly available yet, but other models have their results. The targeted 0.297 Cd in the Ariya is less than that in the 2021 Armada, Murano, and Rogue. But, it's higher than the Nissan Leaf.

The fact that it's higher than the Leaf is not surprising. Shorter cars tend to be more aerodynamic because they sit lower to the ground and have a smaller profile. That also explains why Nissan's largest and boxiest SUV, the Armada, has the highest number on the list.

How does the Ariya's coefficient of drag compare to numbers from other EVs?

The Nissan Ariya's coefficient of drag is higher than that of most other electric cars, crossovers, and SUVs sold in the U.S. Here's where the others measure up:

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The Jeep Wrangler Dual-Door Group offers factory-backed half-door comfort, style, and safety.
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Jeep Wrangler owners who want an open-air experience but don't want the complete doors-off look have a new from-the-factory option. Jeep Performance Parts and Mopar have worked together to create new half-doors for the iconic SUV.

The new Jeep Wrangler Dual-Door Group features two factory engineered, tested, and backed half-door options that offer owners the option to have production-level styling, security, and occupancy protection in addition to improved visibility.

Available for both two- and four-door Jeep Wrangler models through the Mopar Custom Shop, as part of an original new-vehicle purchase in the U.S. and Canada, the new Jeep Wrangler Dual-Door Group includes both full and half doors. Full-steel production doors are installed on the vehicle while matching body-color half doors are packaged within the vehicle.

    Jeep Wrangler Dual-Door Group

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    With production-level materials and build quality, new half doors are designed to work when equipped with any of the following features: power mirrors, blind-spot detection, passive and non-passive entry handles, and power locks. A quick and easy swap from full doors to half doors can be accomplished within minutes using the existing hinge locations and the exact same wiring connections.

    The newly developed upper-window assemblies are designed to have a weather-tight sealant feature zippered plastic windows. Two materials are offered for the assemblies: base-model vinyl that matches the production soft-top roof or premium acrylic that matches the premium soft-top roof.

    Each upper-door frame section uses an easy, tool-free, dual-guide post feature for easy installation and removal.

    The Dual-Door Group is now available on two- and four-door Jeep Wrangler Sport, Rubicon; Sahara, Rubicon 392, and 4xe models. Factory-option pricing for the U.S.s tarts at $2,350 for the two-door's Dual-Door Group with base-model upper-window assembles while the four-door costs $3,995. Checking the box for the more premium version of the upper-window assemblies moves the price tag up to $2,550 for the two-door and $4,395 for the four-door.

    Warranty coverage for each Dual-Door Group option is included as part of the new-vehicle warranty of three years/36,000 miles.

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