According to Bentley we’re dealing with the “world’s first luxury hybrid model” – but some would argue about that. Either way, we now have a plug-in hybrid SUV luxobarge to speak off, the Bentley Bentayga Hybrid.
Unwrapped in front of the worldwide audience of the 88th Geneva International Auto Show, the Bentayga Hybrid is the British automaker’s first step towards full electrification, becoming the company’s most efficient model ever with CO2 emissions of 75 g/km (NEDC). The plug in hybrid arrangement combines electric power with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 and has the standard 31 miles (50 kilometers) of fully electric driving range in the NEDC test. Bentley hasn’t released full information on the new version just yet – so there’s no word about sales except for unspecified “selected markets” in the second part of 2018, but more importantly we don’t know a thing about combined output, torque, the battery size, and if there’s any interior compromise.
The new powertrain does bring some changes – the Automatic Start-Stop system switch has been ditched for some controls of the electric powertrain, including EV Drive, Hybrid, and Hold Mode. A fresh infotainment system arrives with new info on the hybrid’s powertrain credentials and the battery status is coming instead of the coolant temperature dial. Range and efficiency is all the rage here, so the smart systems will work with the navigation system and even save the battery for city use – and of course the owner has access to newly tailored Bentley connected services.