Bentley is finally launching the Bentayga Hybrid in Europe, following a delay caused by certification issues with the current WLTP testing regime.
The plug-in hybrid version of the Bentley SUV is powered by a combination of a 335 HP turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 and an 120 HP electric motor. The combined output is rated at 443 HP (449 PS) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque.
The hybrid powertrain is completed by a 17.3 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which provides enough energy for the new Bentayga Hybrid to travel up to 24 miles (39km) on electric power alone and can be recharged in just 2.5 hours.
Bentley claims a 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds (0-100km/h in 5.5) and a top speed of 158 mph (254km/h). According to the WLTP standards, the new Bentley Bentayga Hybrid emits 79g/km of CO2 and returns a combined 80.7 mpg UK (3.5lt/100km). Total driving range is a claimed 464 miles (747km).
Bentley’s first plug-in hybrid model also benefits from a model-specific Intelligent Satellite Navigation system that helps the powertrain to find the optimum combination of electric motor and the petrol engine. There are three hybrid drive modes: the self-explanatory EV Drive mode, the Hybrid mode where the car uses information from the trick navigation system to optimise power usage and the Hold mode which reserves electric power for later use.
Prices before taxes for the new Bentley Bentayga Hybrid start from £133,100 in the UK, €141,100 across Europe, and $160,000 in the United States. First customer deliveries in the UK and Europe are expected to begin towards the end of the year, with the US to follow in the first quarter of 2020.