Bentley has revealed the first details on its new Bentayga PHEV, the company’s first hybrid vehicle. As the fourth engine derivative of the luxury SUV, the new 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine adds to the existing W12, V8 diesel and recently launched V8 petrol variants. Like the diesel, the Bentayga PHEV introduces a new drivetrain type to the historic British marque, using technology developed by the wider VW group.
Bentley is quoting an electric range of up to 50 kilometres on the NEDC cycle and the capability of being recharged in just two and a half hours from Bentley’s own Philippe Stark-designed wall charger. These numbers match the upcoming Range Rover PHEV that will likely be a key rival; but the Bentley’s six- rather than four-cylinder engine will likely operate with an advantage in terms of refinement.
Bentley has not revealed prices, in-depth technical specifications or a release date as yet, aside from saying that cars will not reach customers till late this year. While the notion of an ultra-luxury hybrid SUV might sound like an odd combination, the capability of silent motoring will likely be popular with its urban target audience.
This article originally appeared at evo.co.uk
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