2017 Bentley Mulsanne

Bentley rarely redesigns its models; the automaker is known to
keep a product around for over a decade occasionally throwing
in few visual updates. This seems to be what is happening 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. However,
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.

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2017 Bentley Mulsanne Exterior

Five years is a long time without a visual update in the
automotive market with dynamics changing every now and then.
Nonetheless, the Bentley Mulsanne has managed to survive. But
finally the British automaker, Bentley is set to offer some
much needed mid-cycle refresh but it is not as extensive as
many people hoped.

New for 2017 is an updated grille and front bumper. The new
grille stretches 3.1 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-Type Continental and
Bentley Embirico models of the past. The grille is flanked by a
pair of new LED headlights with adaptive technology which
features beam patterns that adjust automatically according to
driving conditions.

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The DRLs are also updated while the bumper has been modified to
be a single piece featuring B-shaped elements on the sides
while its center unit mimics the grille. Its side air vents
feature matrix grille layouts while the middle vent features
vertical slats similar to the upper grille.

On the sides, the windows are finished in brighter chrome
similar to the grille as well as a B-shaped wing vent on the
lower section of the fender. Other features remain as those of
the outgoing model.

The rear features a wider bumper (1-inch wider) and does away
with the bulge under its trunk-lid. The trunk-lid features a
thicker chrome strip. Its taillights are B-shaped and feature
two main lights instead of three on the outgoing models. The
vehicle rides on 21-inch alloy wheels but there is an option
for 21-inch wheels.

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2017 Bentley Mulsanne Interior

Inside, the cabin comes largely unchanged from the outgoing
model.  The model features the same dashboard covered in
stretches of wooden and leather surfaces. However, the new
model comes with 13-hand selected wood veneers and unique glass
switchgear.  It also features a wide center stack, the
same 4-spoke steering wheel as the outgoing model and two-tone
door panels whose upper section feature wooden surfaces.

Seats can be had in two styles, either flute or quilted and
customers will select between 24 leather colors and between a
single or two-tone finishes.

Things get more exciting in the tech’ department; the main
feature is the new infotainment system.  The system is
integrated to an 8.0-inch touch-screen that features updated
connectivity, navigation and audio systems. The screen is also
connected to a 60 GB hard drive.

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Rear passengers will enjoy entertainment from two, 10.2-inch
Bentley Entertainment Tablets mounted on the seatbacks of front
seats. The tablets are equipped with Wi-Fi, 4G, Bluetooth, and
users have access to Spotify, Google Play, Skype and other
Android apps. The tablets have 32 GB of on-board storage and
can be used away from the vehicle such as in the office or at
home. 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 one mobile
studio that can host a live concert, no pun intended. 
There is an option for a Bentley premium sound system that
comes with guess what! 20 speakers, 20 channels, super tweeters
and a 2,200-watt amplifier.

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For safety, the Mulsanne features  High Beam Assist,
Automatic Stability Control (ASC) and Blind Spot Warning to
name just but a few.

The extended Wheel Base Mulsanne

This model will be a major hit particularly in China where many
people like being chauffeured around as they seat at the rear
enjoying the ride. The model offers a 9.8-inch longer wheelbase
which improves the rear legroom which is already sufficient.
The model also gets airline-style leg rests which extend
outwards offering passengers 3 seating positions i.e. upright,
relaxed or reclined.

There is also a center console between the rear seat which is
made of handcrafted veneer, glass, metal and leather. It houses
pen and cup holders, USB ports, and a stowage area. There is
also an option for electric curtains, a folding table and a
large, tilting and sliding sunroof at the rear.

Engine Specs and Performance

Under the hood, the Mulsanne comes unchanged. It still features
the twin-turbocharged 6.75 L V-8 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 produce 530 hp
and 811 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired to an 8-speed ZF
automatic transmission system. The base model sprints from 0-60
mph in 5.1 seconds and has a top speed of 184 mph. The Extended
Wheelbase model is a little slower due to its extra weight.

The Mulsanne speed on the other hand sprints from 0-60 mph in
4.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 190 mph. The engine is
also paired with variable cam phasing and cylinder deactivation
which help reduce it C02 emission to 342g/km and improve its
fuel economy to 19.3 mpg in combined drives (UK testing cycle).

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Price and release date

Bentley has not yet announced the official price or release
date of the 2017 Bentley Mulsanne. We expect these details to
be communicated when the model makes an appearance at the 2016
Geneva Auto show in March.

According to rumors, the model will cost slightly more than the
current model’s $290,000. The model will then be availed to
Bentley dealerships later in the summer 2016.

Competition

The 2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II will be the Mulsanne’s
biggest rival.