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New Bentley Bentayga Odyssean Edition revealed

Only 70 will be built and each will be powered by Bentley’s V6 plug-in hybrid drivetrain

We’ve already seen the ‘Odyssean’ badge come to the Bentley Flying Spur, but now it’s the turn of the luxury car maker’s Bentayga SUV to adorn the limited edition nameplate. This is the new Bentayga Odyssean Edition, which will go on sale in November will is limited to just 70 units.

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Bentley says the new Bentayga Odyssean Edition takes inspiration from the EXP 100 GT concept - just as the 2021 Flying Spur Odyssean Edition did. The British firm also says its new Bentayga variant “promotes the wellbeing of its occupants through a combination of design, technology and craftsmanship”.

The powertrain of choice, like the Flying Spur Odyssean, is a 3.0-litre, V6 plug-in hybrid with 456bhp and 700Nm of torque. The system allows the 18kWh battery to deliver 28 miles of electric-only range. 

On the outside there are several indications that this is the Odyssean Edition. “Pale Brodgar” (brown) accents are found on the 22-inch wheels as well as on the front and rear bumpers, headlight and rear light surrounds and the side skirts. Bentley will suggest customers choose from six exterior colours to “harmonise with the Pale Brodgar accents”, although over 60 colours can be picked. 

As well as the refinement on offer from EV-only running, Bentley chose the hybrid powertrain for its sustainability credentials - something that also applies to the Bentayga Odyssean Edition’s interior. 

The open pore Koa veneer on the centre console uses 90 per cent less lacquer than typical veneers. Sustainable, natural leather has been used elsewhere in the cabin - with Bentley pointing out the material’s long-term durability. 

The unique Odyssean Edition treadplates match the badge found on the rear pillar. Exclusive rhombus pattern embroidery spans across the seat, while 100 per cent British wool tweed trim is used on several of the interior surfaces. 

The Odyssean Edition utilises the same equipment levels found on the luxury-focused Azure model. That means ‘Front Seat Comfort Specification’ is standard, including 22-way adjustable seats, with heating and ventilation. Also added is ‘Touring Specification’, which has adaptive cruise control, lane assist, and traffic assist.  

Bentley has not yet named a price for the Odyssean Edition Bentayga, but has confirmed that production will begin early in 2023.

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A keen petrol-head, Alastair Crooks has a degree in journalism and worked as a car salesman for a variety of manufacturers before joining Auto Express in Spring 2019 as a Content Editor. Now, as our senior news reporter, his daily duties involve tracking down the latest news and writing reviews.

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