Arguably the world’s fastest, most expensive and luxurious SUV, the pinnacle of a trend begun by Range Rover back in the seventies, the Bentley Bentayga looks set to push other contenders out of the running in the high-end SUV segment. To highlight this, Bentley has released a video showcasing the people in Crewe who are working on this machine, pending production delivery of the Bentayga.

The Bentayga, a name derived from the first four letters of the brand’s name and an altered spelling of ‘taiga’, and the Roque Bentayga mountains on Gran Canaria island, is Bentley’s first foray into the hyper-luxury SUV market. Evolving from the 2012 Bentley EXP 9 F concept car, it’s based on the VW MLB2 (MLB Evo) platform, which also underpins the Audi Q7 and new A4.

Sporting a new W-12 twin-turbo 6.0 litre engine mated to an eight-speed gearbox, the Bentayga is claimed to reach 100 km/h in under five seconds, helped along by 600 hp and 900 Nm of torque, with a top speed of 301 km/h. This 2,422 kg SUV uses the Bentley Dynamic Ride system to control body roll.

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As with all Bentleys, the Bentayga comes with a full range of user customisable options, and special requests are welcomed. Just to give you an idea, you can specify your Bentayga in one of 90 different colours, choose from 15 leather combinations, and finish the interior with 15 carpet choices, while lining the dashboard and doors in seven different veneers.

Bentley has confirmed that a hybrid Bentayga will be forthcoming in 2017, and a diesel power plant is also in the works. Base price for the Bentayga is £160,200 (RM1,022,518) ex-factory.

GALLERY: 2016 Bentley Bentayga