As Bentley announced at the Bentayga’s introduction in 2015, the model would receive a plug-in hybrid powertrain, marking Bentley’s first step toward electrification, and that time is around the turn of the year.
As with other manufacturers, Bentley is planning to have an electrified version of every model in its lineup, by 2023 in the Crewe-based company’s case. Bentley calls the Bentayga Hybrid the world’s first true electrified luxury car and the SUV sector’s first true luxury plug-in hybrid, though we’re sure other companies would argue both of those points.
What’s undisputable, though, is that it’s the marque’s most efficient model, with fuel economy rated at 3.5 L/100 km combined and CO2 emissions of just 79 g/kg, using a turbocharged 3.0-litre V-6 in combination with a 94-kW permanent magnet synchronous motor. The system makes net 456 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. The 17.3 kWh lithium ion battery is said to charge completely in 2.5 hours.
Bentayga Hybrid can reportedly accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 5.5 seconds, cover up to 51 km on electric propulsion alone, has a range of 747 km and can reach a top speed of 254 km/h, though we presume it can’t do all those maximums in combination with any of the others.
One of the advantages it does have, though, is an Intelligent Satellite Navigation system that features route optimization when directions are requested between two points. The system will calculate the best use of electric and engine power to make the driving most efficient, while displaying the remaining EV range. Outside of that (which is the “normal” operating mode) and purely electric mode, the vehicle can also operate in “Hold” mode, which saves battery usage for such time as the Bentayga arrives in the city.
The Bentayga Hybrid is hand-crafted over 130 hours in Crewe, England. It’s priced just shy of $200,000 in Canada, and $160,000 in the US.