Bentley has revealed its first plug-in hybrid model for the Bentayga. It claims to have started a new sector in the market called the luxury hybrid.
Obviously, Bentley doesn't regard the Porsche Panamera or Cayenne as luxury enough to be considered for its newly created sector as both are also equipped with hybrid systems. Anyway, the Bentayga hybrid makes use of a V6 petrol engine and an electric motor that is capable of 50 km of pure electric drive.
Bentley says the need for a hybrid is crucial if the company wants to comply with forthcoming regulations on CO2 emissions, especially in city driving. The hybrid Bentayga comes with its own app suite within the infotainment system that allows the driver to monitor the state of electric power and consumption. The battery usage can also be managed through multiple driving modes that include EV Drive, Hybrid Mode and Hold Mode. To maximise efficiency, the vehicle uses satellite navigation information to calculate the best usage of electric motor and engine for every journey. Inputting a destination into the navigation system will command the car to automatically engage the correct E Mode for each part of the journey, constantly calculating the most efficient use of battery charge and storing electrical energy for sections of the journey where it is most useful – such as when arriving in the city.
The electric motor can be charged from a normal wall socket but can be charged via an industrial connection installed in your home in just 2.5 hours. The unit that is installed in your home is not just a normal wall-mounted charge station. Bentley has partnered with Philippe Starck, to create a concept for a highly desirable recharging unit. The power dock, as it calls it, showcases the exquisite attention to detail, using sustainable and elegant materials. The stylish surround is formed from pressed eco-linen with bio-sourced thermosetting resin, while the domed frontage is fashioned using a hot-pressure aluminium casting.
The Bentayga Hybrid is expected to go on sale later in 2018, but only in selected markets.