The new model’s name is taken from the 1414-metre Roque Bentayga mountain peak of Spain’s Canary Islands, while also drawing inspiration from the Taiga, the world’s largest transcontinental snow forest.
“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,” Bentley chief Wolfgang Dürheimer said.
Initially previewed by the 2012 EXP 9 F show car, the Bentayga is expected to wear an outfit more in-line with its stablemates, rather than the confronting lines of that earlier concept.
Little has been revealed at this stage, although a teaser image released last year reveals that the SUV will return to Bentley’s familiar dual-pod headlight design, doing away with the stacked driving and fog light arrangement of the concept.
The SUV is expected to launch with the 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 already featured in the Continental and Flying Spur, although the company’s big 6.0 litre W12 is also likely to appear, along with a plug-in hybrid option.
Bentley has also confirmed that the Bentayga forms part of a $AU1.4 billion dollar investment in new models and development facilities over the next three years.
Watch for the Bentayga to appear later this year, likely at the Frankfurt Motor Show.