2016 Bentley Bentayga SUV Spy Shots

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Bentley’s new SUV--the Bentayga--is due to enter production in 2016 and should be in showrooms either that year or in early 2017. Today we have new spy shots of a prototype for the upcoming SUV. The prototype is thinly camouflaged, with only some only some thin appliques tacked on to hide the true shape. This gives us a close look at the SUV, from detail shots to the lavish interior.

The general styling of the Bentayga is based on Bentley’s EXP 9 F concept from 2012, although the somewhat gaudy front-end design of the concept has been updated to something more elegant and athletic. A previous teaser image shows that Bentley designers have adopted four individual lights for the production SUV’s headlights as opposed to the two lights fitted to the concept, and this is confirmed in the latest spy shots, the circular lights visible under the pseudo-headlight stickers.

The interior features Bentley’s traditional leather, wood and metal elements. From previous spy shots, we can also see that the vehicle is getting a new design for the air vents as well as a digital instrument cluster complete with head-up display. Expect a sophisticated electronic interface to go along with the new instrument cluster. Third-row seating is planned, though it’s not clear if this will be standard or optional.

2016 Bentley SUV spy shots

2016 Bentley SUV spy shots

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Underpinning the Bentayga is the SUV version of the Volkswagen Group’s new MLB Evo platform that debuts in the 2016 Q7 and, in shortened form, will eventually appear in the next-generation versions of the Porsche Cayenne, Volkswagen Touareg and a new SUV from Lamborghini based on 2012’s Urus concept.

In the powertrain department, expect Bentley’s current V-8 and W-12 engines to be featured. The prototype here is fitted with the W-12, as denoted by its oval exhaust tips (Bentley’s V-8 models get exhaust tips with a figure-eight design). The automaker has also confirmed that a plug-in hybrid system will be offered in the Bentayga, though it’s not clear yet what internal combustion engine the system will incorporate. We’ll most likely see the V-8 used although there’s the possibility Bentley may utilize a V-6 engine to help maximize efficiency.

Production of the new SUV will take place at Bentley’s factory in Crewe, England. Click here for a spy video showing a previous prototype.

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