The first 2017 Bentley Bentayga rolled off the assembly line in Crewe, England, an event that marked the start of a new era for the British automaker. Bentley said its first-ever SUV model took 130 hours of handcrafted build time as it made its way through new body and paint shops en route to completion. Wolfgang Dürheimer, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors, noted the Bentayga will be "the benchmark against which all other SUVs are measured" and define the luxury SUV segment.

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Started four years ago, the ambitious Bentayga program was made possible by $1.2 billion of new investment in various plant upgrades and resulted in the creation of 1,500 new jobs in the UK. Finished in Anthracite, this Job One Bentayga is destined for a spot in the Bentley Heritage Collection. Delivery of the first customer vehicles for the European market will begin in January with U.S. versions set to arrive here by mid-year. Pricing for the 2017 Bentley Bentayga will start at $229,100 plus destination.

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