By on January 5, 2018

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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10 Comments on “Charge It, Jeeves: Bentley to Unveil Bentayga Plug-In Hybrid...”

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    I don’t understand the appeal of a duel-fuel luxury/performance car.

    I’d prefer pure gas, pure electric, or gas-powered hybrid (not plug-in). Fooling around with a plug for a measly 10 kWh battery doesn’t seem worth the cost or aggravation for high-end customers who don’t need to squeeze 80 mpg out of their car.

    • 0 avatar

      It exists to allow captains of industry to “off-road” their big SUV into London on battery power and avoid the current emission based entry tax and future fossil-fuel ban in the city center. They can also virtue signal the proletariat as they “off-road” electrically to the airport for their private jet trip to Davos to discuss how to reduce global warming.

    • 0 avatar

      It’s a regulatory risk/fine mitigation play.

      Just like most mainstream car buyers don’t want/care about hybrid tech in their cars, they’re going to get it anyway.

    • 0 avatar

      At least in Vancouver, you get to ride in the HOV lanes with a single occupant if you have a plugin hybrid or pure electric car. This includes things like the Cayenne and the BMW 330e. If you have the money for a PHEV you can zoom past all the ICE suckers on the freeway. I guess old money prefers Bentleys over Teslas and BMWs for this privilege.

  • avatar
    Add Lightness

    It’s hard to fathom how green the plug-in Bentayga is.
    It even comes in green to blend in with the wilderness where it’s 3 tons will hang out most of the time.
    Just can’t get any greener than all this.

  • avatar

    This reminds me of the so called “raw water” trend that is going around. If the plebeians have a plug-in hybrid, then why can’t we? You might live in an inefficient mansion/palace but at least you can pretend to care about the environment. It is not like rich people breathe the same air that we do. I am amazed that rich people get old and die, like the rest of us.

  • avatar

    How to lose $80 grand to depreciation in one day: try driving that thing over one of the rocks in the picture.

  • avatar

    I wonder if its mom told it that if it crossed its eyes like that they’d stay that way?

  • avatar

    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.

  • avatar

    It could look better.

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