Bentley rarely redesigns its models the automaker is recognized to preserve a solution around for over a decade sometimes throwing in few visual updates. This seems to be what is taking place with the Mulsanne which replaced the Arnage in 2010.
Just as with its other models, from what we have seen, Bentley didn’t meddle much with the new 2017 Bentley Mulsanne. Nevertheless, the British automaker has added a new variant to the lineup. The new Bentley Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase model joins the base Mulsanne and the Speed.
2017 Bentley Mulsanne Exterior
5 years is a long time without having a visual update in the automotive industry with dynamics altering each and every now and then. Nonetheless, the Bentley Mulsanne has managed to survive. But ultimately the British automaker, Bentley is set to supply some considerably necessary mid-cycle refresh but it is not as substantial as many individuals hoped.
New for 2017 is an updated grille and front bumper. The new grille stretches three.1 inches wide and sports stainless steel vertical slats as opposed to the matrix mesh on the outgoing models. This grille can be traced to the R-Kind Continental and Bentley Embirico models of the past. The grille is flanked by a pair of new LED headlights with adaptive technologies which functions beam patterns that adjust automatically according to driving circumstances.
The DRLs are also updated whilst the bumper has been modified to be a single piece featuring B-shaped components on the sides while its center unit mimics the grille. Its side air vents feature matrix grille layouts although the middle vent attributes vertical slats comparable to the upper grille.
On the sides, the windows are completed in brighter chrome related to the grille as nicely as a B-shaped wing vent on the decrease section of the fender. Other features stay as these of the outgoing model.
The rear attributes a wider bumper (1-inch wider) and does away with the bulge beneath its trunk-lid. The trunk-lid attributes a thicker chrome strip. Its taillights are B-shaped and function two main lights rather of three on the outgoing models. The vehicle rides on 21-inch alloy wheels but there is an selection for 21-inch wheels.
2017 Bentley Mulsanne Interior
Inside, the cabin comes largely unchanged from the outgoing model. The model characteristics the very same dashboard covered in stretches of wooden and leather surfaces. However, the new model comes with 13-hand chosen wood veneers and unique glass switchgear. It also characteristics a wide center stack, the same four-spoke steering wheel as the outgoing model and two-tone door panels whose upper section function wooden surfaces.
Seats can be had in two types, either flute or quilted and buyers will select in between 24 leather colors and among a single or two-tone finishes.
Issues get much more thrilling in the tech’ department the primary function is the new infotainment method. The program is integrated to an eight.-inch touch-screen that functions updated connectivity, navigation and audio systems. The screen is also connected to a 60 GB hard drive.
Rear passengers will enjoy entertainment from two, ten.2-inch Bentley Entertainment Tablets mounted on the seatbacks of front seats. The tablets are equipped with Wi-Fi, 4G, Bluetooth, and customers have access to Spotify, Google Play, Skype and other Android apps. The tablets have 32 GB of on-board storage and can be employed away from the car such as in the office or at property. Occupants can use them to stream audio or even send destinations to the vehicle’s navigation system.
For music lovers, the 2017 Bentley Mulsanne is a single mobile studio that can host a reside concert, no pun intended. There is an alternative for a Bentley premium sound program that comes with guess what! 20 speakers, 20 channels, super tweeters and a two,200-watt amplifier.
For security, the Mulsanne features High Beam Assist, Automatic Stability Control (ASC) and Blind Spot Warning to name just but a couple of.
The extended Wheel Base Mulsanne
This model will be a major hit especially in China where a lot of people like being chauffeured around as they seat at the rear enjoying the ride. The model gives a 9.eight-inch longer wheelbase which improves the rear legroom which is currently sufficient. The model also gets airline-style leg rests which extend outwards providing passengers three seating positions i.e. upright, relaxed or reclined.
There is also a center console in between the rear seat which is created of handcrafted veneer, glass, metal and leather. It houses pen and cup holders, USB ports, and a stowage region. There is also an selection for electric curtains, a folding table and a large, tilting and sliding sunroof at the rear.
Engine Specs and Efficiency
Below the hood, the Mulsanne comes unchanged. It nevertheless characteristics the twin-turbocharged 6.75 L V-eight engine which spits out 505 hp and 752 lb-ft of toque in the base Mulsanne and the Extended Wheelbase model.
On the Mulsanne Speed, the engine is tweaked to create 530 hp and 811 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired to an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission program. The base model sprints from -60 mph in five.1 seconds and has a leading speed of 184 mph. The Extended Wheelbase model is a small slower due to its further weight.
The Mulsanne speed on the other hand sprints from -60 mph in four.9 seconds and reaches a best speed of 190 mph. The engine is also paired with variable cam phasing and cylinder deactivation which help minimize it C02 emission to 342g/km and boost its fuel economy to 19.3 mpg in combined drives (UK testing cycle).
Value and release date
Bentley has not but announced the official value or release date of the 2017 Bentley Mulsanne. We anticipate these information to be communicated when the model tends to make an appearance at the 2016 Geneva Auto show in March.
According to rumors, the model will expense slightly a lot more than the existing model’s $ 290,000. The model will then be availed to Bentley dealerships later in the summer 2016.
The 2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II will be the Mulsanne’s largest rival.