News of the new Bentley-badged SUV’s planned debut first came in 2013, and a slow drip of details, including the official Bentayga moniker, has followed in the months since.
Teasers in recent months have hinted at key styling aspects, and CarAdvice’s own spy photos have delivered a telling view of what buyers can expect to see when the Bentayga is revealed later this year.
This latest clip offers a first look at the new SUV in an environment which, although an unlikely destination for most Bentley owners, is claimed to have played a key role in the company's development program: the wilderness.
And, while the video makes no effort to hide the big SUV’s moments of three-wheeling its way through certain tricky sections, it appears clear that, for those few inclined owners, the Bentayga will hold its own through a spot of weekend warrior action.
That’s handy, too, given the SUV draws its name from Roque Bentayga, one of the largest rock formations on the island of Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands.
When Bentley revealed the new SUV’s name, CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer boasted that the Bentayga will do one thing “better than any other car in the world: combine the best automotive luxury with outstanding performance to take the Bentley experience to new environments”.
With Rolls-Royce now having confirmed plans for its own SUV - “a vehicle that can cross any terrain” - and Land Rover’s Range Rover already owning the luxury SUV space, the Bentayga will have its work cut out.
Still, it appears Land Rover, at least, is unmoved by the coming rush of high-end off-roaders. Speaking with CarAdvice in April, Land Rover design chief Gerry McGovern said that, at best, the incursion will do little more than keep the company on its toes.
“Some people might see them as rivals, but I go back to this thing called authenticity,” he said. “I said it last night – the word ‘icon’ or ‘iconic’ is used liberally, or generously, but you don’t just arrive at that status. And this is the real deal.
“I think it’s great that these other brands are doing this stuff, because it will keep our focus razor-like. But at the same time, they’ve got to prove themselves.”