Bentley Bentayga to Get a Plug-In Hybrid Powertrain
Bentayga Hybrid Uses Smart Navigation to Optimize Electric/ICE Mix
The Bentley Bentayga, already one of the most complex and advanced SUVs on the market thanks to its onboard 48V electrical system, is getting a plug-in hybrid variant for 2019 or 2020. The Bentayga Hybrid will feature a long list of advanced features to reduce its carbon footprint, not the least of which is its intelligent navigation system.
Once the driver programs a destination into the nav, the Bentayga analyzes the route, traffic, and terrain to create a drive profile for maximum efficiency. This allows the Bentayga Hybrid to automatically engage the correct drive mode for each section of the journey. For example, on a long freeway drive that ends in a city center, the Bentayga might make use of the gas engine for much of the journey, saving battery power for arrival into the city, where it will be most useful. Bentley anticipates a 31-mile range when using the battery only.
The Bentayga Hybrid will take its motive force from a V-6 engine and an unspecified electric powertrain package. If we had to guess, we’d assume the hybrid running gear would be similar to that of the recently announced Cayenne E-Hybrid, as the two share a platform and that aforementioned 48V electrical system. If we’re right, the Bentayga will get a 2.9L twin-turbocharged V-6 with a combined system power rating of 462 hp.
And since it's a Bentley, it'll be just a bit over-the-top. For a plug-in hybrid, that means a home charging dock created by the legendary Philippe Starck, the industrial designer who once penned a 250-foot, $120 million yacht for Steve Jobs. Using this charger, the Bentayga can be fully recharged in 2.5 hours (8 hours with a household outlet, presumably with a 220V supply).