Bentley will launch a plug-in hybrid version of its Bentayga in 2018, with a supercharged 3.0-litre petrol V6 mated to an electric motor. Its total output will be 416hp and it will also feature a full-electric mode for zero-emission running. It has an EV Mode button placed underneath the main engine start/stop button, as confirmed by the latest spy video. The plug-in Bentayga will be aesthetically similar to its pure-combustion-engined siblings, barring the addition of a plug port to charge its lithium-ion battery. The car is due to make production next year, after the launch of the upcoming second-generation Continental GT. Earlier this year, Bentley CEO, Wolfgang Dürheimer, confirmed that all of the brand’s models would be gaining PHEV variants. The company has also expressed interest in producing a fully-electric Bentley, which could go into production in two years.
The smaller powertrain is expected to have a full-electric mode, which should enable the hulking SUV to move around in stealth mode with the press of a dedicated button positioned below the start button. The Bentayga PHEV has already been spotted testing when it comes to the manufacture model, the only major graphic modification is expected to be the plug-in port on the opposed side of the fuel door. The Bentayga PHEV is expected to go on sale next year following the launch of the second-generation Continental GT, and it will join the V8 diesel and W12 gasoline-engined models in the lineup. In addition to delivering emissions-free driving, the Bentayga PHEV will target markets with strict emissions guidelines and where large-displacement engines are heavily taxed. This will make it an attractive choice in Western Europe as well as China, where “new energy” vehicles including pure electrics and PHEVs will be almost mandatory in the not too distant future.
The Bentayga will not be the only Bentley model to revenue from this new PHEV powertrain: The Continental GT itself is also probable to offer a version of the system. A little further down the road, Bentley will offer an actual EV, expects to be a medium-size sports car. This may be the long-awaited Porsche 911 opponent, located below the Continental GT, due in about two years.