Bentley has revealed its first-ever plug-in hybrid, the Bentayga hybrid. It is the brand’s first step towards electrification, which will culminate in the launch of a pure electric mid-sized sports car by 2020.
On show in Geneva, the model, which is capable of up to 31 miles of electric-only range, uses an electric motor with a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine, the same set-up used in the Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid. The motor acts as both an electric motor and a generator. Performance figures have not yet been revealed but a total output of 450bhp is expected.
It is the car maker’s most efficient model yet, emitting CO2 emissions of 75g/km on an NEDC cycle.
Price is not confirmed either, but the hybrid will sit below the Bentayga W12, currently the most expensive model at £162,700. Order books open later this year.
The standard Bentayga’s automatic start-stop switch is replaced with a control for three E Modes – EV Drive, Hybrid Mode and Hold Mode – all of which help manage battery usage.
There is also a revised infotainment screen and driver’s infotainment panel with information on performance, consumption and energy source.