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Trevor Collett | Aug, 04 2015 | 0 Comments

Bentley’s incoming Bentayga SUV has been paraded in a new video by the carmaker designed to prove it’s not just a high-riding limousine for the (private) school run.

Footage of the Bentayga tackling rocky surfaces, steep inclines and rutted tracks can be seen as it negotiates the terrain at a location somewhere in Spain.

We say ‘somewhere’ because Bentley admits to providing fake latitude and longitude references at the start of the film in order to protect the true test location.

The same styling lines seen in spy photos and teaser images are apparent in the test vehicle, but black tape around the headlights and mild camouflage elsewhere continue to mask its true form - which we likely won't see until later this year.

Regardless, this is the most revealing look yet that Bentley has provided for its new SUV.

A preview of the interior appeared in May via another teaser video, but there are no interior shots this time around.

Even though Bentley has now proved its new SUV can handle some off-road driving, it remains to be seen how many owners will risk scratching the paintwork and actually venture beyond the tarmac when they take delivery of theirs.

Owners will no doubt be more interested in how the big Bentley handles itself on the road, and given the carmaker has already subjected the SUV to laps of the Nurburgring, we can assume the Bentayga’s angle will be a ‘jack-of-all-trades’.

The Bentayga will be built in England on the same platform that underpins the new Audi Q7, derived from the Volkswagen Group's MLB architecture that 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.

The covers are due to come off the Bentley Bentayga later this year. Stay tuned to TMR for more.

MORE: Bentley Considering Smaller SUV To Join New Bentayga
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