According to a report from Autocar, Bentley justified their decision of pulling the Bentayga Diesel from Europe by saying:
“Over recent months, the political legislative conditions have changed in Europe, and a significant shift in attitude towards diesel-powered cars has been widely documented. These factors, alongside the recent introduction of the new Bentayga V8, and our strategic decision to focus on electrification in the future, have led to us taking the decision to offer only petrol Bentayga derivatives in European markets from September 2018.”
The diesel-powered Bentley Bentayga is not entirely gone, however, as it can still be had in other markets, including Russia, Australia and South Africa.
Introduced a couple of years ago as the brand’s first-ever diesel-powered model, it uses the same triple-charged 4.0-liter V8 engine as the Audi SQ7, complete with twin-scroll turbos and a 48v electric supercharger.
Flat out, the Bentley Bentayga Diesel rockets from 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.8 seconds, identical to its Audi sibling, but it has a higher top speed: 270 km/h (168 mph), instead of 250 km/h (155 mph). The latter allowed Bentley to call this version of the Bentayga “the fastest diesel SUV in the world”.
Back then, the VW Group-owned brand claimed an official fuel economy of 7.3 l/100 km (38.5 mpg UK / 32 mpg US), and CO2 emissions of 210 g/km.
Audi’s SQ7, on the other hand, is alive and well, and it’s still being sold in Europe. It emits between 190 and 199 g/km of CO2, states the automaker, and has an MSRP of £74,385 ($96,639/€83,680) in UK.