The Bentley Bentayga Hybrid is updated in the same vein as its range siblings. This is how the plug-in hybrid version of the British SUV is presented.
Bentley’s roadmap for the present decade is well defined: under its “Beyond 100” strategy there is a plan that aims to electrify its range of vehicles. By 2023, all its models should have an electrified version; in 2025 the first pure electric of the British luxury brand will arrive; and by 2026, its entire range should already be made up of plug-in or electric hybrid models.
The Bentley Bentayga Hybrid is, to this day and since 2019 (when it was launched), the best representative of the brand and its possibilities in the field of electrification. The British luxury SUV, with plug-in hybrid technology, is updated in the same vein as the Bentayga and Bentayga Speed versions did in 2020.
BENTLEY BENTAYGA HYBRID: ITS PLUG-IN MECHANICS
Since Crewe, they have decided not to touch the mechanics of their Bentley Bentayga Hybrid. So we are still talking about a 3.0-liter Biturbo V6 engine and an electric one, integrated between the transmission and the gasoline engine. The latter alone provides 94 kW (126 hp) and 350 Nm of torque, although the combined data for the vehicle amounts to 449 hp of power and 700 Nm of torque.
That force is sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed torque converter gearbox. Despite its more than 2.5 tonnes of weight, it is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.5 seconds. On the other hand, its lithium-ion battery, with a capacity of 17.3 kWh, guarantees an electric range of up to 50 km in the NEDC cycle (39 in the WLTP cycle), up to a speed of 135 km / h. Thanks to its 7.2 kW onboard charger, the battery can be fully charged in 2.5 hours.
The Bentley Bentayga Hybrid has three driving modes and electric power management: “EV Drive”, “Hybrid Mode” and “Hold Mode”. The latter, which is associated by default when choosing the most sporty parameters, allows you to save the electrical energy for later, for when you enter, for example, in the city. The “My Bentley” application allows you to control all these parameters, as well as to manage the vehicle’s load and other functions.
One of the most interesting features of the British plug-in hybrid SUV is its haptic pedal, which offers a resistance point that gives information to the driver as a stop (if this resistance is overcome, the gasoline engine would come into action), thus promoting a more efficient driving.
THE REAL CHANGES
The Bentley Bentayga Hybrid uses the aesthetic and equipment novelties that we met in summer 2020 in the non-hybrid versions. For example, the new design style on the outside, in which we find new optics in an elliptical shape, with Matrix LED headlights located in a higher position, new multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, the central touch screen of 10.9 inches, a new navigation system, etc.
We will be attentive to the news that arrives from Crewe since Bentley has announced that this Bentayga Hybrid is the first of the two new-invoiced plug-in hybrids that will be presented to us in 2021.