Bentley claimed today that the its regulation dictated Bentayga Hybrid – a luxury SUV sector plug-in hybrid – is now on sale in Europe will be the company’s most efficient model ever, with CO2 emissions of just 79 g/km (WLTP – weighted, combined. See AutoInformed.com: WLTP How Does It Work? Will it Work?).
With a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 gas engine and an electric motor, a maximum speed of 254 km/h (158 mph) and 0 to 100 km/h in 5.5 seconds (0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds) are claimed. It’s the first baby step on Bentley’s new world of electric vehicles, which will see the marque roll out an electrified version of every nameplate by 2023.
Before taxes, the new model is priced at £133,100 in the UK, €141,100 across Europe, and $160,000 in the United States. Customer deliveries in the UK and Europe are set to begin in the final quarter of 2019, with deliveries in the United States following in the first quarter of 2020.
The Permanent Magnet Synchronous system has 94 kW peak power and 400 Nm of torque, so it provides instant torque response – as do all electric motors – by eliminating engine turbo lag, while a high voltage battery is capable of recharging in a leisurely “the servants have nothing else to do anyway” 2.5 hours.
The new Bentayga model has three hybrid drive modes:
- In EV Drive mode, the all-new hybrid is driven only with energy supplied from the battery to the wheels via the electric motor.
- In Hybrid Mode the car uses information from the navigation system to intelligently optimize power usage from the battery and the petrol engine, giving maximum efficiency and range.
- In Hold mode the use of engine and electric power is balanced to maintain electric range for later use – for example on arriving in a city.
In all modes, energy is recovered to the battery through regeneration during deceleration.
With a total driving range of 747 km (464 miles) and a WLTP Equivalent All Electric range of 39 km/24.23 miles (NEDC Electric Range of 51km/31.7 miles) on a single charge, performance and all-wheel drive “ensure a unique driving experience in the finest automotive cabin in the world.”