The new plug-in hybrid version of the Bentayga is Bentley’s first electrified model, opening a new chapter for the British luxury carmaker.
Bentley calls the Bentayga Hybrid the “world’s first luxury hybrid” and is powered by the same powertrain with the Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid, meaning a combination of a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 helped by an electric motor.
The British company didn’t reveal any performance figures yet, announcing only an all-electric range of up to 31 miles (50km) and CO2 emissions of just 75g/km on the NEDC cycle. The new Bentayga Hybrid is expected to offer a combined 450hp.
Buying a Bentley to save fuel would probably serve a few good laughs, at least up until now. Apart from the usual for a plug-in hybrid vehicle driving modes, the British manufacturer has given the Bentayga Hybrid a new intelligent navigation system that calculates the best combination of electric drive and V6 engine to maximize fuel efficiency over your journey.
By simply programming a destination into the navigation system, the new Bentayga Hybrid automatically picks the correct drive mode for each part of the journey, from choosing to store energy in the battery pack to going EV-only once it arrives in the city.
The system will even prioritize to deplete the battery charge to zero just as the car reaches its destination, thus maximizing fuel efficiency. A full charge of the battery takes 7.5 hours from a domestic household socket but customers can opt for the industrial connection installed in their homes, reducing the charge time to 2.5 hours.