Wait, there's a new one already?!
Due to the poor rep that diesel cars have in the US, the SUV you see here will likely never make it to America. These images captured by our spy photographers show the Bentley Bentayga, a car that is available stateside. But the example seen here trashes the 6.0-liter W12 in favor of a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 diesel from its lesser brother, Audi. The engine is ripped straight out of the Audi SQ7 where it makes 435 horsepower and an ungodly 664 lb-ft of torque with the help of an electrically powered compressor.
Before Bentley finalizes the engine migration we can expect it to add a bit more horsepower to keep the Bentayga as the more exclusive offering. Visually there’s absolutely nothing different between the diesel and gas SUVs, save for the tailpipes. The diesel gains a split in the otherwise oblong pipe and...that's it. Us Americans won't be missing much. While US buyers see little reason to buy diesel-powered cars Europe still has an affinity for the fuel. It’s unlikely that Bentley buyers will use the Bentayga to do any actual towing activities, although the British automaker did bring its SUV to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance dragging an Airstream trailer. Basically, anything is possible, especially with a diesel engine's ungodly torque.
Our spy photographers had to dig into the UK’s Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to confirm that this was indeed a diesel model. (In case you were wondering.) We do find it a bit odd that Bentley, a product of the Volkswagen group, is testing and pursuing a diesel model after its parent company had stated that it would shift its focus away from the fuel and onto hybridization and electrification. This claim makes us hopeful that the next Bentayga we see out testing will be a hybrid, hopefully with an acceleration experience as exciting as the current Bentayga's. The automaker has kept its lips sealed about the next version of the SUV, but a debut at the Paris Auto Show in October is likely.