Bentley has used the 2015 Detroit motor show to confirm that its first SUV will be christened the Bentley Bentayga.
This news confirms a report in November by Dutch outlet Autovisie.
The SUV is named after Roque Bentayga in Canary Island, a mountain which the company says offers “spectacular panoramic views of a rich and diverse landscape” for anyone who dares to ascend its “challenging climb”. The name also references the taiga or snow forest, a biome that stretches across the northern sections of both America and Eurasia.
According to Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer, “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 has confirmed the SUV will be unveiled in full in later stages of 2015 and will go on sale during 2016.
Based on the Volkswagen Group’s MLB scalable platform that also underpins the new Audi Q7, the Bentley Bentayga will initially be available with a 12-cylinder petrol engine. Down the line buyers will be offered the option of a plug-in hybrid drivetrain.