Bentley's upcoming crossover will reportedly be driven by Volkswagen AG's next-generation TSI W12 engine according to a Volkswagen executive.

Based on Automotive News Europe's report, the Bentley Bentayga will be one of the first models under Volkswagen AG to receive the 12-cylinder engine that benefits both from direct injection and turbocharging. The crossover is expected to make its debut sometime next year.

Other nameplates that will also likely get the new powerplant include: the next-gen Audi A8, successors of the Bentley Continental and Flying Spur and the Volkswagen Phaeton. In addition, the all-new Q7 may also receive the W12 engine when it arrives in the US as a 2016 model.

The new VW TSI W12 engine

The new engine first made its world debut last month during this year's Vienna Motor Symposium. Displacing 6.0-liters, the automaker describes the TSI W12 as their most fuel-efficient 12-cylinder as it features dual fuel-injection with high and low pressure manifold injection, cylinder deactivation and an engine start/stop system. Furthermore, it also has an adaptive engine suspension and hydraulic dampers that reduce vibrations.

Output-wise, Volkswagen states that the W12 engine cranks out 608 PS at 6,000 rpm along with 900 Nm of torque that is readily available between 1,500 – 4,500 rpm.

Source: Automotive News Europe