2016 Bentley Bentayga Spied Winter Testing
Final Form of Ultra-Luxury SUV Taking Shape
Bentley has officially named its forthcoming SUV the Bentayga, so its imminence is no longer a question. It’s coming soon, likely in fall 2015. Today, we got spy shots of the premium SUV undergoing winter testing in northern Sweden. Although slightly cladded, the overall form factor of the Bentayga is taking shape, revealing a slightly sleeker model than the original EXP-9 F concept shown in Geneva. The Bentayga is believed to share its platform with the Porsche Cayenne, and there’s a good chance it will be based on the forthcoming Audi Q7, which received a massive weight loss over its predecessor courtesy of a mix of high-strength steel and aluminum.
Early rumors targeted a top speed for the Bentayga as high as 200 mph. We’re not sure how accurate those reports are, but if that really is a benchmark, a light overall weight and plenty of power are necessary ingredients. To that end, it’s expected a 6.0L W-12 will be among the powertrain offerings, possibly supplemented by VW AG’s 4.0L twin-turbocharged V-8 and/or 4.2L TDI turbodiesel V-8. A plug-in hybrid version is also rumored, a concession to tightening fuel economy and emissions standards worldwide.
Although Rolls-Royce recently announced the start of development of its own SUV, Bentley has at least a two-year head start bringing one to market, and at least for a time, it will sit atop the luxury SUV hill.