Bentley Bentayga Hybrid Bows

Bentley Bentayga Hybrid Bows

Bentley Bentayga Hybrid Bows

The Bentayga Hybrid pairs a new 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine and an electric motor to create a large luxurySUV that is capable of driving 31 miles on battery power alone and boasts an official Carbon dioxide rating of 75g/km.

Billed as the "world's first luxury hybrid", the model debuts in Geneva with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that consists of a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 petrol engine, an electric motor and an undisclosed battery pack.

There are three selectable "E Modes" - EV Drive, Hybrid Mode and Hold Mode - toggling the desired amount of electric assistance as required, geared from maximum efficiency to energy saving.

Few details have been released ahead of its proper reveal at this week's Geneva Motor Show, but the big Bentley has an EV range of 50km to achieve its 75g/km carbon dioxide emissions, which makes it nearly as clean and green as a 500kW/850Nm twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 Porsche Panamera Hybrid.

While Bentley was coy on details, the automaker said the battery can be replenished in as little as 2.5 hours with a high speed charger. Which is actually for the best, as the hybrid Bentayga only has a range of 31 miles when running under battery power alone.

Information on the vehicle is sparse for the moment but what we do know is that it will come with the Starck Power Dock concept, a home charger made entirely from sustainable materials including stuff like pressed eco-linen with bio-sourced thermosetting resin.

"The Bentayga Hybrid is our first step on the road to electrification, combining traditional Bentley values with the very latest technologies", stated Adrian Hallmark, new Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bentley Motors. The insert on the tread plates also reads "Hybrid".

The Bentayga Hybrid is only available in four- or five-seat configurations - there's no seven-seat option like other Bentayga variants.

The Bentayga Hybrid will go up for order in the second half of 2018 and it will only be offered in "selected markets".

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