Chances are, if you’re driving a Bentley, you may have some valuables inside, making these luxury automobiles more of a target for thieves. But the British automaker has fortunately worked up a solution.
Bentley’s Mulliner division has revealed a new secure stowage compartment for the Bentayga. Installed in the center console, the cubby is made of high-pressure die-cast aluminum, and secured with a biometric capacitive fingerprint reader. So only the driver (or other authorized occupants) can get at what’s inside.
It even has a pair of USB ports and an auxiliary socket, so you – well, Bentley customers anyway – can store their mobile devices inside and still charge them up and interface with the vehicle’s infotainment system, without sacrificing security.
The feature is just the latest in a string of enhancements that Mulliner has come out with for the super-luxurious crossover SUV. It offers everything from landscape veneer trim to a $230,000 tourbillon clock. It’s done a couple of specially customized vehicles as well, including one for equestrian enthusiasts (that’s horseback riders to the rest of us), one for those who dabble in falconry, and another for hunters.
Those are just a few of the options available for the Bentayga, which is offered with a choice of four powertrains. There’s the base V8, the top W12, a diesel option (for certain markets), and a new plug-in hybrid. At this rate, we won’t be surprised to see more versions to follow, and more high-end upgrades from the folks at Mulliner.