Bentley Unveils ‘World’s First Luxury Hybrid’
March 11, 2018
Bentley has taken the wraps off what’s claimed to be the world’s first luxury hybrid car, the Bentayga Hybrid.
In Bentley’s first step towards full electrification, the plug-in hybrid model offers the best of both worlds, combining an advanced electric motor with a powerful new turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine.
The Bentayga Hybrid will be the company’s most efficient model with CO2 emissions of 75g/km.
With an electric-only range of more than 31 miles, a full charge of the battery from a domestic household socket will take seven hours 30 minutes. However, customers with an industrial connection installed at home can reduce the charge time to just two hours 30 minutes.
Bentley has collaborated with renowned designer, Philippe Starck, to create a concept for a stylish recharging unit for Bentayga Hybrid customers – the Power Dock.
The statement piece showcases the exquisite attention to detail you would expect from both Bentley and Starck, using sustainable and elegant materials. Utilising pressed eco-linen with bio-sourced thermosetting resin, the domed frontage is fashioned using a hot-pressure aluminium casting.
The elegant Power Dock is designed to keep charging cables neat and safe at home, providing a luxurious touch to the act of hybrid recharging and acting as a functional piece of art that will enhance any home.
Best of Both Worlds
The Hybrid is the newest addition to the existing range of Bentayga models and features all the flexibility associated with the W12, V8 Diesel and V8 variants, offering the same permanent four-wheel drive system and four on-road modes – Sport, Bentley, Comfort and Custom.
The Automatic Start-Stop switch is replaced with a control for the three E Modes – EV Drive, Hybrid Mode and Hold Mode. These will enable the driver to manage battery usage during a journey.
The Bentayga Hybrid features a revised infotainment screen and Driver’s Information Panel with E Motion information designed to provide details on performance, consumption and energy source.
The traditional tachometer that displays engine speed is replaced with a dial showing when the car is operating in pure EV Drive, or engine speed if the combustion engine is operating. A battery status dial replaces the coolant temperature gauge.
The infotainment screen can display energy flow in each of the three E Modes, showing whether the vehicle is being powered by energy supplied by the battery, or the combustion engine – or whether energy is flowing back to the battery in order to charge it.
To maximise efficiency, the vehicle uses satellite navigation information to calculate the best usage of electric motor and engine for every journey.
Bentley says the Hybrid “feels and rides like a true Bentley, providing the refinement, effortless performance and exquisitely tranquil cabin environment” for which the luxury British brand is famed.