Our spies have sent us significantly more revealing images with the Bentley Bentayga undergoing testing near the Arctic Circle.

Our spies have sent us significantly more revealing images with the Bentley Bentayga undergoing testing near the Arctic Circle.

An evolution of the much criticized EXP 9 F concept, Bentley's first ever crossover is back in a batch of spy images providing a better look at the "sector-defining" Bentayga which is programmed to go on sale in 2016 and be the "world's most powerful and luxurious SUV." Just about all body panels of this prototype are camo-free while the headlights and taillights remain hidden under stickers to cover the design.

The Bentley Bentayga will use the same MLB platform as the recently introduced second generation Audi Q7 which has lost up to a whopping 325 kg (716.5 lbs) compared to its predecessor. To get an idea about how heavy the Bentayga will be, it should be mentioned the Q7 3.0 TDI tips the scales at 1,995 kg (4,398 lbs) so Bentley’s SUV won't be a lightweight contender. Images of the interior cabin are not available in this set, but previous shots have revealed circular air vents, digital instrument cluster, big touchscreen display while individual rear seats are likely planned as well.

Little else is known about the high-riding Bentley, but chances are it will be available with twin-turbo V8 4.0-liter and W12 6.0-liter engines while in 2017 it will get a plug-in hybrid version which has already been confirmed. Moreover, firm’s CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer has previously announced a V8 diesel will be offered as well, a first time for the company.

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