Bentley gives sneak peek at new SUV

The luxury sports car maker has published the first official image of its first ever off-roader.

And, as the car isn’t destined to go into production until 2016, Bentley has a lot of time to fill in order to keep potential owners engaged and excited.

Competition in the premium SUV class is starting to build with Maserati and Lamborghini both poised to launch 4x4s and even Rolls-Royce and Aston Martin are actively weighing up the pros and cons of joining the party too.

Nevertheless, Bentley claims that the car will be the most powerful SUV on the market when it does go on sale and that the finished item will not be mistaken for anything other than a Bentley, meaning it will be exclusive, comfortable, a showcase for leather and wood craftsmanship, and potent.

And, if the teaser image is anything to go by, it will also keep the proportions and styling cues present in its limousine and GT cars.

The company also claims that since it officially announced it was building an off-roader, it has received 2000 orders and that the petrol-powered SUV will be joined by a hybrid model in 2018.