Bentley’s new Bentayga Hybrid has formally entered production, the company announced Tuesday, confirming the first deliveries of the plug-in hybrid luxury SUV for later this year and with the sticker price of $160,000.
The new Bentley Bentayga Hybrid makes use of a 335 HP 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 petrol unit, combined with an electric motor for a combined output of 443 HP (449 PS) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque.
A 17.3 kWh lithium-ion battery pack enables Bentley’s SUV to travel on electric power alone for up to 24 miles (39 km). A full recharge takes 2.5 hours. The electric motor produces 126 HP and 295 lb-ft (400Nm) of torque.
0-60mph for the Bentayga Hybrid is a matter of 5.2 seconds (0-100km/h in 5.5) while top speed is rated at 158 mph (254 km/h). CO2 emissions are 79 g/km while combined fuel economy is rated at 80.7 mpg UK (3.5lt/100km). Bentley says that the total driving range is 464 miles (747 km).
The whole system comes with a range of modes that the driver can use to control its behaviour. In EV Drive mode, the electric motor is used as the sole form of propulsion, while moving into Hybrid mode allows the car to work out the most efficient power source for the situation. It’s a clever system that even taps into the satellite navigation data to plan energy use across the route and come up with the most efficient power delivery.
Finally, Hold mode spreads the power use so the battery maintains its current level – a trick designed for long journeys that end in a city center. The car will save electrical energy for use in the built-up area and use petrol power on the motorway. All three modes allow energy to be recovered to the battery through regeneration during deceleration.