Having recently unveiled the most powerful Bentayga and setting the record as the fastest SUV in Pikes Peak, Bentley has announced that the new Bentayga Hybrid is now on sale in Europe.
Handcrafted in Crewe, England, the company’s most efficient model ever combines a new, highly efficient 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 petrol engine with a state-of-the-art electric motor, unlike the W12 beast we got to review last year.
The Bentayga Hybrid utilises an E Motor, which acts as both an electric motor and a power generator. The Permanent Magnet Synchronous system offers 127 hp and 400 Nm of torque, while its high voltage battery is capable of recharging in just 2.5 hours. On a single charge, the Bentayga Hybrid offers up to 39 km of electric range.
The E Motor in the Bentayga Hybrid is combined with a new 3.0-litre, turbocharged V6 petrol engine. The result is a seamless driving experience that offers 700 Nm of combined torque, a top speed of 254 km/h and 0 to 100 km/h in 5.5 seconds.
The Bentayga hybrid, where each takes 130 hours to build, comes with 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 optimise 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.
The Bentayga Hybrid is the first step on Bentley’s journey into the new world of electric vehicles, which will see the marque roll out an electrified version of every nameplate by 2023.