Plug-in electric model joins the luxury SUV range.

Bentley has taken the covers off two new versions of its Bentayga SUV at the Geneva motor show. The entry-level V8 petrol unit complements the existing diesel and W12 versions, while the new plug-in hybrid 4x4 is intended to appeal to people who are environmentally conscious but still want to heave around in the biggest thing on the road.

Electric-only range on a 2.5-hour charge of the new Bentayga is just over 30 miles, and the official CO2 rating on the NEDC test is 75g/km, proving you can transport your cake in comfort and eat it. The drivetrain is borrowed from the Porsche Panamera e-Hybrid, so like its German cousin, petrol power comes from a 2.9-litre V6.

There are the usual Bentley refinements on board the new car – luxury interior, quiet ride, removable tablets in the back for passengers, that sort of thing. A number of Hybrid-specific touches can be found on the SUV – styling flourishes finished in copper include the wheel centres and Hybrid badges on the front, back and side of the car. 

The eco-friendlier model is expected to cost more than the £135,000 diesel version of the car, and if you want to go the extra mile you can order a Philippe Starck-designed charging point that Bentley will have installed at your house as a stylish talking point. Bentley says that the eco-linen and aluminium creation will bring 'a luxurious touch to the act of hybrid recharging, acting as a functional piece of art that will enhance any home.' So there. 

 

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2019 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid
2019 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid
2019 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid

Bentley is being coy on performance numbers for the Hybrid, but we do know that the 4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that was also unveiled today delivers 542bhp and 568lb ft of torque, launching it from 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 180mph, which is remarkably fast for a four-wheel-drive luxury tank.

If you aren’t planning on taking your Bentayga onto a race track, the V8 can deactivate half of its cylinders in just 20 milliseconds, which helps the car cover 464 miles on a full tank of fuel via 24.8mpg. The ride will be silky smooth too thanks to Bentley Dynamic Ride – an electric active roll control technology that constantly adjusts to ensure maximum tyre contact with the road to improve ride quality and handling.

 

Bentley Bentayga Hybrid at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show