Bentley Bentayga name chosen for new SUV

Bentley has given its controversial ‘ultra-luxury’ SUV the name Bentayga.

The Bentley Bentayga is due to be unveiled later this year, going on sale in 2016. It shares its chassis and much of its running with the next-generation Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne.

The Bentayga is named after a rugged mountain peak in the Canary Islands. Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer said: “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.”

Prototypes have recently been seen testing at the Nurburgring in Germany. The 6.0-litre W12 and 4.0-litre V8 engines found elsewhere in the Bentley range will be available, along with a plug-in hybrid version capable of around 30 miles on electric power only.

Bentley sold a record 11,000 cars in 2014, the five consecutive year of growth, and is targeting sales of 20,000 by 2020. The Bentayga will play a significant part in reaching that goal, and could be joined by another, smaller SUV in the near future.

Bentley is currently investing heavily in a new R&D centre and plans to add 300 new jobs to meet the demand expect for the Bentayga, as well.

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