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Bentley applies ultra-luxury to the SUV in the all-new Bentayga (pictures)

The top luxury SUVs from the likes of Land Rover and Mercedes-Benz haven't achieved the bespoke opulence offered by Bentley, so the company responds at the Frankfurt auto show with its new Bentayga model.

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Bentley responds to a perceived need for a high-end, ultra-luxury SUV with the new Bentayga, applying its British coachwork and Volkswagen-derived performance technology to this new vehicle.

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The Bentayga benefits from a twin-turbocharged 6-liter W-12 engine similar to that found in the Mulsanne.

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LED headlights add a modern touch, but the grille and body-color surround headlights echo the company's styling language.

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Bentley's sedans and coupes radiate an imposing presence, and with its higher roofline, the Bentayga even more so.

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Although buyers will be able to order any number of bespoke design elements, this example shows off carbon-fiber mirror caps.

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Another carbon-fiber detail fits over the fender vent.

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Bentley is well-versed in all-wheel-drive technology, also benefiting the Bentayga.

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The high roofline means passengers won't need to duck down to get in.

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The Bentayga offers multiple ride modes, including sport and comfort, along with a set of traction-control programs for offroad conditions, such as mud and sand.

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At well over 5,000 pounds, the Bentayga is no lightweight.

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A carbon-fiber rear spoiler comes as part of the bespoke package on this model, emphasizing sport driving.

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Bentley repeats its theme of oval exhaust pipes on the Bentayga.

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As a very high-end luxury SUV, this Bentayga shows off matching leather luggage along with a leather-lined baby seat in keeping with the cabin design.

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With its imposing stature, no one really needs reminding that this is a Bentley.

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Interior luxury is emphasized with quilted leather.

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Electric power steering means precise and easy turning, even with the SUV's large size and weight.

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A modern suite of cabin electronics, including navigation, come standard in the Bentayga.

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In Bentley tradition, the tachometer shows two digit increments, dropping off the last two zeroes.

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A dial on the console sets the drive modes, while the shifter controls the eight-speed automatic transmission.

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