Bentley is yet to offer users with an electrified model. However, according to a report by Automotive News, Bentley will take its first step towards electrifying all it vehicles in 2018. The electrification process will start with A plug-in hybrid of the Bentayga. With the Benayga electrified, it means that users will no longer feel the guilt of lugging their 2-ton plus luxury vehicles around town. Reliable sources indicate that the plug-in Bentayga will be launched in 2018 March. The debut will take place at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. This debut will make Bentley the first automakers among the luxury marques to electrify their cars.
Bentley’s electrification plans have been brewing up for the last few years, and it now seems that the electrification vaporware based on the Mulsanne that was launched in 2014 at the Beijing auto show is now materializing. By that time, Bentley said that 90% of their entire lineup would be available as a plug-in hybrid by the end of the decade. Still, in 2018, another vehicle that Bentley has earmarked to receive a plug-in hybrid is the Continental GT. However, the Bentayga will take the prestige of being Bentley’s first electrified luxury model. Aside from being the pioneer model, Bentayga will also mark the beginning of a rollout program of plug-in-hybrids versions of its entire range.
Even though the exact details on the new plug-in hybrid are still scare, this plug-in hybrid is certainly going to bring the Bentayga`s power options to three. Two of the three power choices include the single 12-cyliner gasoline drivetrain that was launched in 2015 and the turbo-charged V8 power option launched in 2017. Therefore, the new powertrain will come as an addition to the already existing 6.0 liter W12 bi-turbo and the 4.0 Liter V8 bi-turbo engine.
The German Publication anticipates the 2.0 liter, twin-turbo V-6 with a 134-hp electric motor from the Porsche Panamera to get a nod for the Bentayga use. The power plant, which sends power to all four wheels through an 8-speed automatic system, will have a combined output of 460 hp and 515 lb-ft of torque. The Porsche can travel up to 30 miles (48 km) on electric power alone. However, Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer has assured users that the v-6 engine of the plug-in version should rise to V8 levels.
The decision to offer an electrified version of every vehicle in their stable signals that the automaker is serious about technology. This move comes in the midst of political and social pressure of the environmental movement. We’ve already seen Bentley include variants of the model including diesel-powered engines in some markets. And with stricter emission regulations due in the coming year, you can expect more plug-in models filter across the auto market. According to some of the motoring pundits, we can even expect to see a dedicated electrified model from Bentley very soon.
According to Durheimer, Bentley sees plug-in hybrids as an important aspect of A green future, and not just a temporary solution until its ready to bring out fully electrified vehicles.
Speaking to the 2017 Automotive News World Congress in Detroit, Duerheimer said that while many manufacturers often see plug-in hybrids as A transitional technology until all electric cars are viable, that’s not the case for Bentley. “PHEV is mentioned as A transitional technology,” he said “but it will be out of our way soon,” he added. According to him, PHEV provides users with the best of the two worlds.
According to Duerheimer, one of the positive attributes that separate the plug-in hybrids from all pure electric cars is the fact that hybrids can go for longer distances and more easily.
The plug-in hybrid is likely to hit the market in the second half of this 2018, as a 2019 model. It’s also likely to take the name Bentayga Hybrid and should be priced slightly south of the standard model $200K price mark. Also, the automaker will be offering US clients with the choice of up to three versions, starting from the single W12 model available now.
Despite the early skepticism and potential rivals, Bentayga has defied all odds and has been a runaway success for Bentley. The model has become the brand’s most popular model, with sales of 5,586 in 2016. And even though Bentley has not yet released the sales figures for 2017, the overall sales were slightly down at 7,498 in nine months to end of September.