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A stately PHEV: new Bentley Bentayga Hybrid has arrived

Published: 06 March 2018

► New Bentayga Hybrid
► First electrified Bentley
► Revealed at 2018 Geneva show

Crewe has just pulled the covers off its first-ever electrified model – the new Bentley Bentayga Hybrid. 

Bentley claims that its new plug-in Bentayga variant is the ‘world’s first luxury hybrid’ – something Land Rover won’t be pleased to hear, given that it recently added a Range Rover PHEV and Range Rover Sport PHEV into its range.

The new Bentayga Hybrid has been revealed at the 2018 Geneva motor show.

Gimme some specs!

The new hybrid Bentayga uses a new-to-Bentley 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine mated to an electric motor. Bentley has, as yet, neglected to mention how much power it produces, but does say that its emissions are rated at 75g/km on the NEDC cycle. 

All-wheel drive is standard, and like the rest of the Bentayga range, it comes with a smorgasbord of driving modes depending on what you want from it. There are four on-road modes – Sport, Bentley, Comfort and Custom – and a separate set of modes to make the most of the electrified powertrain.

Bentley Bentayga Hybrid instruments

EV Drive allows for up to 31 miles of full-electric driving, Hybrid Mode allows the engine and motor to seamlessly work together, while Hold Mode keeps charge in the battery, so you can save silent e-running for urban use later in your journey.

To help keep the Bentayga Hybrid as efficient it can be, it uses navigation data to guess which drive mode is best for the current driving situation. Otherwise, it’s business as usual inside, with the same suite of controls, pleats and wood that you find in all other Bentaygas.

Since it’s a PHEV, what’s charging like?

Bentley claims the battery pack can be charged in 2hr 30min via a fast-charger, or around 7hr 30min from a regular household socket.

Bentley has also teamed up with designer Philippe Starck to design a Power Dock for Bentley Hybrid buyers. The charging station is a ‘statement piece’ that ‘showcases exquisite attention to detail.’ The charger’s surround uses ‘eco-linen’ mixed with resin and aluminium casting.

The infotainment system displays charging points and allows you to set your destination to them. Pretty standard stuff for a plug-in car in 2018.

Anything else new on the 2018 Bentley Bentayga Plug-in Hybrid?

And to show the world you’ve going electric with your choice of Bentayga, the Hybrid badging and wheel centres come in a very fetching shade of copper.

 

Bentayga Hybrid wheel

The socket for the charger is subtly hidden on the opposite side to the fuel filler cap but there’s little else to differentiate the PHEV from the rest of the range. Inside, it’s subject to much the same finish as any other Bentayga. Which is to say, it's mega opulent...

 

Bentley Bentayga Hybrid: price and specs

An official price is still to be confirmed, but Bentley says its new hybrid SUV will be available to order from the second half of 2018. Expect it to be… expensive.

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