The Bentley Bentayga has returned to the Nürburgring for another round of testing ahead of next year's launch.

The Bentley Bentayga has returned to the Nürburgring for another round of testing ahead of next year's launch.

For some of us it's still hard getting used to the concept of a big SUV on the Nordschleife, but Bentley does promise to deliver the "world"s most powerful SUV" so handling tests must be done to make sure it will be as agile as it can be for such a large vehicle. The Bentayga will be largely based on the second generation Audi Q7 so expect weight to hover around the 2,000 kg mark and we already know it will be offered with a new 608 PS & 900 Nm W12 TSI twin-turbo engine along with a more frugal plug-in hybrid powertrain due in 2017.

Aside from being their first ever SUV, the "sector-defining" Bentayga will also represent the company's first model to be equipped with a diesel engine as Bentley has previously announced a V8 turbodiesel will be added later during the car's life cycle.

This prototype might appear almost undisguised but if you look closer it has some massive black camo hiding the real design which hopefully represents a major improvement compared to the controversial EXP 9 F concept. As for the interior, Bentley released a teaser video a while back showing some high-end goodies like a touch-sensitive start/stop button, head-up display, fully digital instrument cluster and a digital speedometer going all the way up to 300 km/h.

Chances are Bentley will stage the world premiere of the Bentayga in January 2016 at NAIAS in Detroit or two months later at the Geneva Motor Show.

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