Bentley has decided that its upcoming luxury SUV will be called Bentayga, a name inspired by the natural world. Bentayga alludes both to the Taiga, the world’s largest transcontinental snow forest, and the rugged peak of the Roque Bentayga in the subtropical Canary Islands.
“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,” said Wolfgang Dürheimer, Chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors.
The automaker has also released a new teaser photo depicting the lateral air outlets shaped in the form of the letter B, as well as a new video which reassures its target customers from the Middle East that the Bentayga will have no problem climbing steep sand dunes.
The SUV will be the first production Bentley to be offered with a plug-in hybrid option, possibly even with two variants, one with a petrol-electric solution and the other with a diesel-electric combination.
The entry-level model may get the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 petrol engine from the Continental and Flying Spur, while the range-topping version will feature the 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine with over 600hp. Promising “an impressive combination of on and off road performance,” the Bentley Bentayga will be revealed later this year and will go on sale in 2016.