Bentley’s coming new Bentayga SUV has been spied testing again this week, revealed in a new state of undress.
Caught this time in the middle of cold-weather testing, Bentley’s first-ever SUV is shown lugging a load through a snow-covered mountain pass.
Much of the Bentayga’s styling remains obscured by false panels and decals over the lighting at both ends, but it is clear we can expect a familiar look when the new model debuts in the next year.
Inside, there's a set of periscopic centre air-vents in the middle of a dashboard that looks strikingly similar to the Continental's, with large expanses of wood panelling. A head-up display will also be offered.
Bentley's SUV will be built in England on the same platform that underpins the new Audi Q7, derived from the Volkswagen Group's MLB architecture and will also be shared with the next-gen Porsche Cayenne and VW Touareg.
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.
When the Bentayga is revealed later this year, it will join the Mulsanne, the Flying Spur, the Continental range and the Grand Convertible in the growing Bentley range.
Expect more info to trickle out as Bentley's SUV draws closer to its 2016 launch date.