Charge It, Jeeves: Bentley to Unveil Bentayga Plug-In Hybrid

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
charge it jeeves bentley to unveil bentayga plug in hybrid

Making good on a statement made a year ago, Bentley will show a plug-in hybrid variant of its cross-eyed uniquely styled Bentayga at March’s Geneva Motor Show. This continues its expansion of a model that is already built with a 6.0-liter W12 and, in some markets, a 4.0-litre diesel V8. A gasoline-fuelled V8 is apparently on tap, too.

This will mark the first electrified vehicle for the luxury brand, one better known for bespoke interiors than batteries and kilowatts. Going forward, though, there’s an increasingly excellent chance that electrons will spread like wild kudzu across the model range.

The Bentayga Plug-In Hybrid drivetrain will likely be similar to that found in the Porsche Cayenne and Panamera E-Hybrid machines, which use an Audi-sourced 333-hp supercharged 3.0-liter V6. In the Cayenne, the electric motor/generator produces 95 horsepower and 229 lb-ft of torque, which is 41 horses and 66 lb-ft less than the motor in the 2018 Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. Knowing this, it’s possible that the electrified Bentayga will find itself somewhere between those two figures.

Porsche deploys a 10.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which is mounted under the cargo floor and can be replenished from an optional onboard 7.2 kW charger. It is compatible with either a standard SAE J1772 connector or Porsche’s own charging system that mounts on an owner’s garage wall. Expect Bentley’s own charging system to be upholstered in the finest of woods and leathers, priced in the upper stratosphere.

Bentley sold about 1,200 Bentayga crossovers in America last year, or about one-third of the Q7s Audi shifts here in a single month. Still, it is far and away the brand’s best-selling model. In 2016, its first full year on the market, the Bentayga accounted for 5,586 of 11,817 Bentley sales worldwide.

Rumours swirled earlier this year over an upcoming all-electric “Baby Bentayga.” At the time, Automotive News quoted Rolf Frech, Bentley’s board member on engineering, as stating “If you are looking for such a car then we are looking at the combination with the possibilities to go full electric. It only makes sense if you get really new customers into the brand.”

It wouldn’t be a stretch to peg pricing of the Bentayga Plug-In Hybrid at a quarter of a million dollars. Those flush with cash can look for it on sale in the second half of this year.

[Image: Bentley]

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  • Syke Syke on Jan 07, 2018

    Saw my first one in Richmond (gas only) two nights ago. In the metal it's quite attractive, and when it's coming up behind you, if you know cars at all there's no question as to the brand. I don't like SUV's. I was mildly impressed with this one.

  • Akear Akear on Jan 08, 2018

    It could look better.

  • Bd2 Other way around.Giorgetto Giugiaro penned the Pony Coupe during the early 1970s and later used its wedge shape as the basis for the M1 and then the DMC-12.The 3G Supra was just one of many Japanese coupes to adopt the wedge shape (actually was one of the later ones).The Mitsubishi Starion, Nissan 300ZX, etc.
  • Tassos I also want one of the idiots who support the ban to explain to me how it will work.Suppose sometime (2035 or later) you cannot buy a new ICE vehicle in the UK.Q1: Will this lead to a ICE fleet resembling that of CUBA, with 100 year old '56 Chevys eventually? (in that case, just calculate the horrible extra pollution due to keeping 100 year old cars on the road)Q2: Will people be able to buy PARTS for their old cars FOREVER?Q3: Will people be allowed to jump across the Channel and buy a nice ICE in France, Germany (who makes the best cars anyway), or any place else that still sells them, and then use it in the UK?
  • Tassos Bans are ridiculous and undemocratic and smell of Middle Ages and the Inquisition. Even 2035 is hardly any better than 2030.The ALMIGHTY CONSUMER should decide, not... CARB, preferably WITHOUT the Government messing with the playing field.And if the usual clueless idiots read this and offer the tired "But Government subsidizes the oil industry too", will they EVER learn that those MINISCULE (compared to the TRILLIONS of $ size of this industry) subsidies were designed to help the SMALL Oil producers defend themselves against the "Big Oil" multinationals. Ask ANY major Oil co CEO and he will gladly tell you that you can take those tiny subsidies and shove them.
  • Dusterdude The suppliers can ask for concessions, but I wouldn’t hold my breath . With the UAW they are ultimately bound to negotiate with them. However, with suppliers , they could always find another supplier ( which in some cases would be difficult, but not impossible)
  • AMcA Phoenix. Awful. The roads are huge and wide, with dedicated lanes for turning, always. Requires no attention to what you're doing. The roads are idiot proofed, so all the idiots drive - they have no choice, because everything is so spread out.