Bentley had announced to the world that they were developing the world’s most luxurious and powerful SUV in the world. Soon enough we got proof of the car testing as well. A recent report from Autovisie (the car section of Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf), states that Bentley has registered the name Bentayga – taken from a rock formation on Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands.
As is obvious, speculations are on that the Bentley’s upcoming utility vehicle might just bear this name. Bentley's as-yet unnamed car could be underpinned by the same platform that forms base for the next Volkswagen Touareg, Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne and may be even the Lamborghini Urus concept.
The Bentley EXP 9 F concept will enter production late next year as a 2016 model, with a variety of powertrains (V8 and W12 power) including a potential hybrid version. An interesting tidbit is that initially when the concept was shown, rumours were strong that the F stood for Falcon, however, now with Bentley registering this name, it changes the whole train of thought.
Bentley no longer wants to be known just for the Mulsanne or the Continental GT, and so is putting its back behind bringing out an excellent SUV. The final product will probably give some sleepless nights to Rolls-Royce, Maserati and Lamborghini, who are also looking to enter the segment. Currently, the luxury SUV segment’s top spot is taken by the Range Rover but it won’t be long before it gets competition from the Bentley.