The Bentley Bentayga is now available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, delivering 80.7mpg, combined CO2 emissions of 79 g/km (WLTP), and an electric driving range of 24 miles.
The Bentayga Hybrid – Bentley’s first electric car, and going on sale in the company’s centenary year – has a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 petrol engine combined with an electric motor, and all-wheel drive.
The Bentayga Hybrid utilises an advanced and efficient E Motor, which acts as both an electric motor and a power generator. The Permanent Magnet Synchronous system offers 94 kW peak power and 400 Nm of torque. The high voltage battery is capable of recharging in just 2.5 hours. The powertrain delivers 700 Nm of combined torque, a top speed of 158 mph and 0 to 62 mph time of 5.5 seconds. It has a total driving range of 464 miles and a WLTP Equivalent All Electric range of 24 miles on a single charge.
The Bentayga Hybrid has three hybrid drive modes. In EV Drive mode, the hybrid is driven only with energy supplied from the battery to the wheels via the electric motor.
In Hybrid mode the car uses information from the navigation system to intelligently optimise power usage from the battery and the petrol engine, giving maximum efficiency and range.
In Hold mode the use of engine and electric power is balanced to maintain electric range for later use – for example on arriving in a city. In all modes energy is recovered to the battery through regeneration during deceleration.
The Bentayga Hybrid is the first step on Bentley’s journey into the new world of electric vehicles, which will see the marque roll out an electrified version of every nameplate by 2023.
The Bentayga Hybrid is priced at £133,100 in the UK, €141,100 across Europe, and $160,000 in the United States. Customer deliveries in the UK and Europe are set to begin in the final quarter of 2019, with deliveries in the United States following soon after, in the first quarter of 2020.