It’s no secret that Bentley’s CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer has an agenda of transforming the line-up with plug-in hybrid options. Obviously, it’s a job that is expected to materialise in the next few years.
And given the pace at which things are done at Bentley, the ultra luxury brand has confirmed plans to introduce a plug-in hybrid version of its Bentayga SUV. This means the plug-in Bentayga will be Bentley’s first electrified vehicle and will be one of the highlights at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.
So, what are the engineering implications for this exercise? While official specifications will be announced at the show for the plug-in hybrid what we can assume given the engineering synergies within the group that the SUV will get its version of petrol-electric drivetrain derived from the Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid. So, we are looking at a 330hp twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 paired to a 136 hp electric motor, with a total respectable system output of 462hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.
In the Panamera E-Hybrid set-up, the car is capable of travelling about 48kms on electric power alone. The Bentayga meanwhile is much heavier than the Panamera, so we are assuming again a bigger battery pack will be offered if it’s to deliver similar driving range performance.