Like other hybrids, the Bentayga's E Motor acts as both an electric motor and a generator.
Having recently translated their take on luxury onto an SUV platform, Bentley is now keen to make the Bentayga a more efficient proposition by coming up with a plug-in hybrid version for the premium SUV. Users will also have a auto connectivity app available from Bentley to control their Bentayga.
Bentley did say the Bentayga Hybrid will retain its permanent all-wheel drive capability, along with four driving modes: Sport, Bentley, Comfort and Custom. A battery charge meter replaces the coolant temperature gauge. Using what used to be the start/stop switch, drivers can change between EV Drive, Hybrid and Hold modes, the latter holding battery power for later use.
In order to maximize fuel economy and electric range, Bentley uses the satellite navigation to calculate the best use of the powertrain.
The battery can be fully re-charged in 7.5 hours via a conventional home power outlet or 2.5 hours when connected to a higher capacity industrial outlet.
Described by the manufacturer as the "world's first luxury hybrid", the Bentayga Hybrid is said to deliver performance and refinement in the same league as the existing petrol W12 and V8 models.
A smartphone app allows owners to remotely check the charge status or search for charging stations along a route or in an area. The only difference perhaps is the charge port flap on the opposite side of the fuel filler and some copper badging to differentiate it from a standard Bentayga. A recharging dock available for the Bentayga Hybrid has been designed by Philippe Starck to keep cables neat and untangled in the garage.
On the styling front, there isn't much to report as the hybrid variant is distinguished by subtle tweaks including "Hybrid" badging and unique wheels with copper accents.
Inside, the Bentayga Hybrid offers everything one would expect from a Bentley: handcrafted wood and leather throughout, as well as polished metal elements on the dashboard, center console, and doors. Pricing has not yet been announced.