Still, there have been no such delays second time around. With the new Bentayga having been launched in 2020, the Hybrid has now followed hot on its heels. As before, it combines a 449 hp twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 with 128hp electric motor. Bentley states that the combined range of 536 miles, with an NEDC-rated 31 available on electric only.
However, as is often the way, that's just the start for EV range. New for this generation of Hybrid Bentayga is the Bentley Hybrid Efficiency Navigation, which uses stored map data to improve efficiency through throttle pedal feedback - encouraging the driver to stay in EV mode, basically. That's complemented by Bentley Hybrid Efficiency brake and accelerator pedals, aiding regenerative and further encouraging use of electric power. In EV Drive mode, the Bentayga can hit 84mph.
The Bentayga Hybrid can be charged at a rate of 7.2kWh, meaning its 17.3kWh lithium battery can be fully replenished in two and a half hours. Bentley even offers a no-cost option wallbox for hybrid customers to charge at home. This is important, too, as data from buyers of the old Hybrid showed more than nine in ten drivers were using their cars at least several times a week - and half of those were "consistently undertaking" journeys of less than 30 miles, which would be possible on electric. Bentley suggests its research shows that in "real world terms, the majority of journeys can be achieved completely in electric only."
The rest of the Hybrid package is as you were for the revised Bentayga, with updated styling and an overhauled interior. Bentley believes this car is "the only electrified true-luxury SUV in the world"; perhaps just as importantly, it's forecasted to be the best selling Bentayga as well.
Another plug-in Bentayga is just the start for Bentley, of course, with a pledge to have a fully electrified vehicle line up by 2026 (and an all-electric one by 2030). One more PHEV is due from Crewe in 2021, with plenty more to follow. CEO and Chairman Adrian Hallmark has described the Hybrid as "the next step on our journey to becoming the world's leading sustainable luxury mobility company." Prices haven't yet been announced for the Hybrid; that said, with the old plug in model having cost £133,000 and the V8 currently on offer at £146,000, somewhere in the region of £140k seems likely when sales start in the summer.
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