Bentley’s First Electrified Powertrain

Bentley has dipped its toe into the electrification drive for the first time with the announcement of a PHEV version of its luxury SUV, the Bentayga.

The car will use an electric motor that acts as both an electric motor and a power generator. It employs a permanent magnet synchronous system claiming 126bhp (94 kW) peak power and 295ft-lbs of torque. The electrified system’s battery is capable of recharging in two and a half hours.

The rest of the power comes from a new 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 gasoline engine although, bizarrely, Bentley has yet to publish combined power for the system beyond claiming a combined torque output of 516ft-lbs. However, performance is quoted as providing a 0-62mph sprint time of 5.5 seconds and a top speed of 158mph.

Total touring range is said to be 464 miles with a WLTP equivalent all electric range of 24.23 miles on a single charge. It claims CO2 emissions of 79 g/km on the combined cycle and 80.7 mpg (67.20mpg US).

The PHEV Bentayga has three hybrid drive modes: EV Drive mode, using battery power alone; Hybrid mode where the car uses information from the navigation system to manage power use from the battery and the gasoline engine; Hold mode the use of engine and electric power is balanced to maintain electric range for later use – for example on arriving in a city.

Before taxes, the new model is priced at £133,100 in the UK, €141,100 across Europe, and $160,000 in the United States. Customer deliveries in the UK and Europe are set to begin in the final quarter of 2019, with deliveries in the United States following soon after, in the first quarter of 2020.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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