Bentley cars are always known for their performance, luxury, and comfort but now the Crewe-based luxury brand has taken things to a new level with their Azure range. The focus is now on the well-being and comfort of the vehicle’s occupants and this range is available with the Bentayga, Bentayga EWB, Flying Spur, Continental GT, and Continental GTC. Bentley says that it is not some new variant or a specific new trim level as the entire spectrum of comfort, luxury, and craftsmanship is looked at along with the addition of driver assistance technologies. The performance bit is left with the ‘Speed’ range as now Bentley wants its owners to relax.
The first vital component is the seat and all Bentley Azures feature the front seat comfort specification with up to 22-way adjustable seats and a nifty heating and ventilation function where the body’s optimum temperature for comfort and alertness is maintained. Azure features a massage function with six programmable settings which constantly make constant micro-adjustments in muscle and posture that prevent fatigue. The adjustable side bolsters, electric seatbelt adjustment and comfort headrests also feature here.
The Bentley Dynamic Ride has a 48V active anti-roll control system that improves ride comfort plus an array of driver assistance systems to reduce driver fatigue. Further additions to the equipment list include a Head-up Display and Night Vision, which uses infra-red cameras. Color, texture, tactility, and even scent is being monitored with the Azure range and even the sound levels are kept in check including managing acoustics. Like any Bentley, there is a vast choice of wood veneers and amongst them, Dark Walnut, Crown-Cut Walnut, and Koa are closer to the softer, comfort-oriented vibes. Azure customers also have a full range of 15 hide colors and color splits to choose from, with contrast stitching as standard and seat piping as a no-cost option. Exterior additions include Azure illuminated treadplates, Bentley ‘B’ foot pedals, mood lighting, and a duo-tone steering wheel with heating function plus 22” ten-spoke wheels.
The Azure moniker was previously used for the convertible version of the Arnage saloon while now it returns as a more relevant form of luxury within the canvas of the demands of the modern-day Bentley buyer.