Bentley goes Stone Age with new interior options
Always looking for new ways to distinguish its automobiles from the daily commuting hordes, Bentley is now furnishing its interiors with stone veneers. Sourced from India, the slate and quartzite stone options give the interior a raw, natural look. Stone works for upgrading kitchens and landscaping, so why not a $200,000 sedan?
Bentley is pulling its slate and quartzite from quarries in Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh, India before breaking each stone into smaller usable pieces, curing each piece with glass fiber and resin, and applying the finished veneers to vehicle interiors. The stone options are being offered under Bentley's Mulliner personalization program.
Bentley isn't the first automaker to experiment with stone trim. Mercedes-Benz offers a granite option within its designo suite.
Mulliner customers can add the stone veneer option to the Continental and Flying Spur in their choice of four colors: Galaxy, Autumn White, Terra Red and Copper. Stone trim seems like it'd be a natural fit for the forthcoming Bentayga, as well, but Bentley doesn't mention that model in its announcement.