The Bentley Bentayga Hybrid features an electric range of over 31 miles and CO2 emissions of 75 g/km – both based on the old NEDC cycle (no figures for the new WLTP cycle – which is resulting in much higher CO2 emissions levels for plug-in hybrids – have been publicised).
The new plug-in hybrid model combines an electric motor with a new-generation V6 petrol engine.
The Bentayga Hybrid will become available to order in selected markets from the second half of 2018.
At the heart of the Bentley Bentayga Hybrid are two power sources – an electric motor and a new turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine. The E Motor acts as both an electric motor and a generator.
The Hybrid has permanent four-wheel drive and four on-road modes – Sport, Bentley, Comfort and Custom.
The Automatic Start-Stop switch is replaced with a control for the three E Modes – EV Drive, Hybrid Mode and Hold Mode.
The infotainment screen can display energy flow in each of the three E Modes, showing whether the vehicle is being powered by energy supplied by the battery, or the combustion engine – or whether energy is flowing back to the battery in order to charge it.
To maximise efficiency, the vehicle uses satellite navigation information to calculate the best usage of electric motor and engine for every journey. Inputting a destination into the navigation system will command the car to automatically engage the correct E Mode for each part of the journey, constantly calculating the most efficient use of battery charge and storing electrical energy for sections of the journey where it is most useful – such as when arriving in the city. The system will reduce on-board charge to zero just as the vehicle reaches its destination, maximising overall efficiency.
A number of Hybrid-specific functions will also be introduced to the latest Connected Car ‘MyBentley3’ services, including Remote Battery Charging, Remote Heating & Cooling, and Vehicle Status Report, operated via a smartphone app.
Bentley has prioritised the charging experience to ensure that owning a Bentley Bentayga Hybrid is as easy as owning a conventional car. Controllable remotely from a Smartphone, or in-person via the on-board charging point, the charging status and programming will be visible on the MMI drivers’ screen and on the user’s smartphone via an app.
Other unique features include Charging Station Finder, where the app will list nearby or relevant charging stations (based on your search criteria), and give you the option to set them as destinations on the car navigation system; and My Cabin Comfort which allows you to set the car to heat (or cool) itself so that the cabin is at the optimum temperature when the door is opened.
The car can be connected to either a domestic power supply, or a public charger point. The rear luggage compartment will hold two bespoke bags containing the necessary cables to connect the car to either.
With an electric range of over 31 miles in the NEDC cycle, a full charge of the battery from a domestic household socket will take 7.5 hours. However, customers with an chargepoint installed at home can reduce the charge time to just 2.5 hours.
Bentley has collaborated with designer, Philippe Starck, to create a concept for a Power Dock recharging unit for Bentayga Hybrid customers.