While most Bentayga owners are unlikely to ever head off-road in their luxury-loaded SUVs, Bentley is committed to ensuring the vehicle remains fully capable when the tarmac ends and is demonstrating this commitment in a pair of teaser videos.
The first shows a Bentayga prototype at an off-road testing facility located in a rocky, mountainous region of northern Spain. The second shows it in the extreme cold of northern Sweden during the winter months. In both locations, it appears the Bentayga remains unfazed.
That’s because the Bentayga is based on the same SUV version of the Volkswagen Group’s impressive MLB Evo platform that debuted in the 2017 Audi Q7. This same platform, in shortened form, will eventually appear in next-generation versions of the Porsche Cayenne, Volkswagen Touareg and even a new SUV from Lamborghini based on 2012’s Urus concept.
The vehicle also benefits from an all-new W-12 engine. Displacing 6.0 liters and aided by a twin-turbocharging system, the engine packs a sophisticated temperature management system to ensure optimum performance in all weather conditions. It also has an oil circuit that can handle the steep inclines experienced when off-roading.
The Bentayga makes its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show on September 15 and should be in showrooms by next spring. A V-8 variant should follow shortly after launch and a plug-in hybrid variant has been confirmed for 2017. It’s also possible we’ll see a diesel variant at some point.