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NAIAS 2015: Bentley announces official name for upcoming SUV

NAIAS 2015: Bentley announces official name for upcoming SUV image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Bentley Press | posted January 14, 2015 12:05

To be revealed later this year

After releasing a plethora of teaser images and videos about their upcoming SUV, Bentley has finally announced the name of its SUV which they call the 'Bentayga' at the 2015 North American International Auto Show.

First approved by the company around mid 2013, the British automaker labeled the Bentley Bentayga as a 'sector-defining SUV' that has modern British luxury combined with on- and off-road performance.

The origin of the SUV's name comes from Bentley's birthplace in England the Taiga, which is the world's largest transcontinental snow forest and the rugged peak of the Roque Bentayga located in the subtropical Canary Islands.

The Bentley Bentayga teaser image

“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 Durheimer, Chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors.

Bentley has not yet released any official photos or exact specifications but according to previous reports, the Bentayga will have a Mulsanne-inspired grill, Continental-looking headlights, roof rails and a muscular rear end. Powering the Bentley SUV will be a 6.0-liter W12 engine but there will be other powertrain options available in the future.

Pricing of the upcoming Bentley Bentayga will start beyond GBP 140,000 (about PHP 9.4 million) while its official reveal will take place later this year, and sale will commence by 2016.