Electrified version of luxury SUV will introduce third powertrain to the range, offering a full EV mode. It's been testing at the Nürburgring

Bentley will launch a plug-in hybrid version of its Bentayga next year, using a supercharged 3.0-litre petrol V6 mated to an electric motor.

The system, related to the one used in the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid, is predicted to have a total output of more than 410bhp and feature a full-electric mode for zero-emission running. A latest spy video confirms this, with an EV Mode button placed underneath the main engine start/stop button. 

Spotted testing on the continent, the plug-in Bentagya will feature no aesthetic changes to its pure-combustion-engined siblings, the twin-turbo V8 diesel and W12 petrol models, barring the addition of a plug port to charge its lithium-ion battery. This charging port for the car is identically placed on the opposite side to the petrol filler cap. 

It’s due to make production next year, after the launch of the upcoming second-generation Continental GT. The plug-in drivetrain will broaden the appeal of the Bentayga - which has already enjoyed strong sales success with orders reaching their annual limit in the first year of production – particularly in markets where strict emissions limits are enforced.

Bentley CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer confirmed to Autocar earlier this year that all of the brand’s models would gain PHEV variants to address these scenarios. The company has also expressed interest in producing a fully-electric model; the first all-electric Bentley, which could go into production in two years, will be a medium-sized sports car. It wil be the fifth model in the brand's line-up.

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bol

11 July 2017
Sadly it will still look like an emission.

11 July 2017
Easy.

Every car when parked has zero emissions. Get cars to and from their destinations as quickly as possible and you'll reduce emissions.

Yes, that means new roads and improved interchanges. But you know what? When all electric or algae bio petrol becomes available, you're still using less energy. Everybody wins.

11 July 2017
No car is zero emissions, what they mean is zero emissions at the tailpipe, Autocar should know better than to perpetuate what can only be described as complete nonsense.

11 July 2017
Is into coincidental that this story with a photo of a black bentagya is directly below a storey of the new London Taxi, or a playful dig at its styling by the online editor?..

12 July 2017
No more of this aesthetically poor machine. No more editions, no more versions unless they make it an export only car, and a scrappage scheme removes the rest from British roads. It makes the cayenne a looker.
Spanner

12 July 2017

I think you've switched photos with the new London taxi story.

1 November 2017

just an excuse to show a lower emission figure that will not be achieved ,we all know they will use fuel most of the time with the odd local trip under say 50mph to a supermarket ,they will use more fuel and creat more co2 etc than a diesel.

1 November 2017

I get the electric idea, but the hybrid and electric caers wigh about 500 kg more which will mess up with efficiency ,tyre wear and more importantly driving pleaseure ,unless you like driving a milk float.

Also,it is never mentiopned taxation loss to  all treasuries throughout Europe.is it 15billion or 30 billion duty on fuel and vat .

 

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