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Tony O'Kane | Oct, 13 2014 | 7 Comments

Bentley's first-ever SUV has been spied at the famed Nurburgring this week as the carmaker puts the big luxury wagon through its paces.

It's our best look yet at the car that Bentley hopes will give it a massive sales boost in wealthy new markets like China, as well as SUV-friendly countries like the USA.

There's still plenty of body cladding disguising the finer features of the as-yet unnamed SUV's shape, but we can see that signature Bentley elements like the bulging boot, squared-off rear fenders and large mesh grille will be present.

The front-end will be reminiscent of the Continental, with a quad-light arrangement rather than the twin-light set up of the EXP 9 F concept, which spawned Bentley's SUV project.

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.

And if you've ever wondered what engineers listen to while testing the latest model for a British marque... what else?

Bentley's SUV will be built in England on the same platform that underpins the new Audi Q7, which is derived from the Volkswagen Group's MLB architecture and will also be shared with the next-gen Porsche Cayenne and VW Touareg.

Engine choices are expected to include Bentley's current W12 and V8 motors, as well as a hybrid for the US market. A diesel is also highly likely, with Audi's 4.2 litre turbo-diesel V8 the natural choice.

Expect more info to trickle out as Bentley's SUV draws closer to its 2016 launch date.

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