Bentley has finally gone into the hybrid era with Bentayga Plug-in Hybrid luxury SUV. The Bentayga becomes the company’s most efficient model ever, with CO2 emissions of just 79 g/km (WLTP – weighted, combined). The Bentayga Hybrid is also the first step on Bentley’s journey into the new world of electric vehicles, which will see the marque roll out an electrified version of every nameplate by 2023.
The Bentayga plug-in hybrid combines a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 petrol engine an electric motor. The E Motor acts as both an electric motor and a power generator offers 94 kW peak power and 400 Nm of torque. The system provides instant torque response by eliminating engine turbo lag, while a high voltage battery is capable of recharging in 2.5 hours.
The E Motor in the turbocharged V6 petrol engine combines to deliver 700 Nm of torque, a top speed of 254 km/h (158 mph) and 0 to 100 km/h in 5.5 seconds (0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds).
The Bentayga plug-in hybrid has a total driving range of 747 km (464 miles) and a WLTP Equivalent All Electric range of 39 km/24.23 miles (NEDC Electric Range of 51km/31.7 miles) on a single charge.
Bentayga plug-in hybrid has three hybrid drive modes. In EV Drive mode, the all-new hybrid is driven only with energy supplied from the battery to the wheels via the electric motor.
In Hybrid Mode the car uses information from the navigation system to intelligently optimise power usage from the battery and the petrol engine, giving maximum efficiency and range.
In Hold Mode the use of engine and electric power is balanced to maintain electric range for later use – for example on arriving in a city. In all modes energy is recovered to the battery through regeneration during deceleration.
Before taxes, the new model is priced at £133,100 in the UK, €141,100 across Europe, and $160,000 in the United States. Customer deliveries in the UK and Europe are set to begin in the final quarter of 2019, with deliveries in the United States following soon after, in the first quarter of 2020.