It was not a secret that Bentley was working on its first SUV, but today the British manufacturer revealed the name of its upcoming vehicle: Bentayga. According to Bentley, the name is inspired by the natural world, along with the company’s founder. The rugged peak of the Roque Bentayga in the subtropical Canary Islands draws attention from all directions and a challenging climb rewards with spectacular panoramic views of a rich and diverse landscape.
The new model promises to redefine the luxury SUV segment and will go on into production in 2016, while a plug-in hybrid version will be introduced in 2017. There aren’t too many details but we expect the vehicle to arrive with a 6.0-liter W12 engine that generates around 600 hp and 400 Nm of torque.
Still, we also expect to see the smaller 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine producing over 400 hp. The plug-in hybrid version could use a smaller V6 engine as well as an electric motor. Bentley said that its plug-in hybrid SUV could offer a full-electric range of 30 km, while CO2 emissions will be 130 g/km.
Wolfgang Dürheimer, Chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors, comments: “Bentayga is a name that reflects what we know our SUV will do better than any other car in the world – combine the best automotive luxury with outstanding performance to take the Bentley experience to new environments.”