Bentley has released a new video with the Bentayga, this time showing how the high-performance SUV came to life.

It was at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show where Bentley announced its intentions to come out with an SUV by revealing the EXP 9 F concept. However, the feedback received was mostly negative due to the vehicle’s exterior styling. The Crewe-based marque went back to the drawing board and eventually came up with this, the Bentayga.

The most expensive SUV money can buy, the Bentayga is the first model of its kind for Bentley and will also be the first to come with a diesel engine. It could be just the tip of the iceberg as a hotter coupe-ified version is rumored to come out next year. A smaller SUV has already been confirmed and is expected to arrive in 2017 as a concept and then in 2018 as a production model.

Getting back to the Bentayga at hand, although it’s better than the concept, it still generates mixed feelings as some say it’s not exactly attractive while others label it as an elegant SUV. The interior is truly impressive, as it should be for a model that kicks off at an eye-watering $229,100 in United States. The only model that will eclipse the Bentayga’s price tag is the Rolls-Royce Cullinan due in 2018 with a starting price of around $327,000 (€300,000). The Lamborghini Urus and Aston Martin DBX will likely be in the same ballpark as the Bentley.

Gallery: Bentley Bentayga road to production detailed [video]

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