As we expected, Bentley is rolling out its first plug-in hybrid in the form of the Bentayga. And while the automaker has yet to reveal the gasoline-electric crossover, the first details and photos have leaked out ahead of time.
Though quickly taken down, the information briefly published by Autocar indicates that the Bentayga PHEV will incorporate the same setup as the Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid.
This consists of a 3.0-liter turbo V6 paired with an electric motor for a combined output of about 450 horsepower. It’ll also offer 31 miles of pure electric range, and emit just 75 grams of carbon per kilometer (according to European standards) when running both components of its powertrain. It’s estimated to take 7.5 hours to fully charge, but a quick-charger styled be renowed designer Philippe Starck will reduce that time to just 2.5 hours.
The Bentayga Hybrid will also include three E Modes, EV Drive, Hybrid, and Hold, to manage battery usage, while the dedicated infotainment system will provide data on powertrain usage.
The only visual indication separating the hybrid from the existing V8, W12 and diesel versions are the copper-finished badges and wheel hubs. Otherwise, you can expect the Bentayga Hybrid to look and feel pretty much like any of the conventionally powered versions.
What’s more is that another electrified model is set to launch in 2020. The all-electric sports car will be the production version of the EXP12 Speed 6e concept shown at the Geneva show last year, and is expected to share its underpinnings with Porsche’s forthcoming Mission E.