The last time we saw Bentley’s first ever crossover it was undergoing testing on the Nürburgring, but now it was spotted in an entirely different environment as the attached footage was recorded in Dubai. There is a very good reason for that as UAE will be one of the most important markets for the Bentayga which is scheduled to go on sale in 2016.
Described by many as an Audi Q7 on steroids, the high-riding Bentley model will be a follow-up to the rather controversial EXP 9 F concept which was heavily criticized for its exterior appearance, with some people labeling it as being odd. Bentley actually listened to the criticism and their designers went back to the drawing board and elaborated a whole new look. We will leave it up to you to decide whether the new body is worthy of the Bentley badge, but keep in mind the prototype still has some black camouflage on it while the headlights and taillights are covered with stickers to cleverly hide their real appearance.
It will ride on the second generation of the MLB platform shared with the aforementioned Audi Q7 and will be available from launch with a newly developed TSI W12 twin-turbo 6.0-liter engine pushing out a massive 608 bhp and a generous maximum torque of 900 Nm. This high-powered gasoline engine will likely be joined by a lesser twin-turbo V8 and there also might be a V8 turbodiesel, representing a first time when a Bentley gets a diesel engine. Moreover, the Crewe-based automaker has already announced that a plug-in hybrid derivative will join the range in 2017.
As far as the interior cabin is concerned, Bentley provided a sneak preview back in May through a teaser video showing that we should expect nothing but the best materials, along with a fully digital instrument cluster, touch-sensitive start/stop button, head-up display while in the back there will likely be individual seats for utmost comfort.
If the Bentayga will turn out to be a success for Bentley, company representatives have stated that a second, smaller crossover will join the range after the end of this decade.