Bentley

The upcoming – and long awaited – SUV from British luxury marque Bentley has been teased in a heavily computer rendered image that recently surfaced on the internet.

Set to arrive in 2016, the big Bentley is rumoured to boast a massive 6.0-litre W12 engine with a plug-in hybrid version to follow shortly after.

Luckily, the latest teaser looks nothing like the divisive EXP 9 F concept that was previewed – and often ridiculed – at the Geneva motor show in 2012. The bulbous front end of the EXP 9 F has been replaced with a much sleeker grille and headlight set-up that forms a more natural progression from current Bentley products.

Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, Chairman and Chief Executive at Bentley Motors, commenting at a press conference in London, said: "It will create a completely new segment in the SUV market."

The new SUV is also tipped to be "the most luxurious and powerful SUV on the market" by encompassing the handcrafted ethos that Bentley currently invests into current models such as the Flying Spur, Continental GT and opulent Mulsanne.

Customers excited by the prospect of a super sumptuous SUV entering the market will have some saving to do as the upcoming bruiser is expected to cost in excess of £140,000 with some industry insiders suggesting that figure could easily rise to the £200,000 when options boxes are ticked.

The new SUV will be built at Bentley's plant in Crewe and will lead an assault on the luxury car market as the British marque attempts to achieve 15,000 sales worldwide by 2018 – up from the 10,120 it sold in 2013.