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NEW CAR: Bentley’s first plug-in hybrid will be the Bentayga

And some say the auto industry hasn’t changed much… Ferrari’s doing turbos, Jaguar has a diesel SUV, and now Bentley’s SUV will be the first of the storied English brand’s line-up to feature plug-in hybrid technology.

Odds are that the massively heavy and luxurious SUV’s new powertrain will be heavily based on the one found under the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid’s bonnet. Remember, both are part of the giant Volkswagen Auto Group and share various underpinnings. The supercharged 3.0-litre V6 and adjoining electric motor are expected to produce somewhere in the vicinity of 415 horsepower.

As a plug-in, a full EV mode will certainly be offered and provide a yet undisclosed 100% emission-free range. Bentley has, in the past, mentioned the coming of a second crossover, one that would sit below the Bentayga size-wise and that could potentially be 100% electric. Here, the smaller utility vehicle would likely share components with Audi’s future e-tron electric SUV expected sometime next year.

As well, plug-in versions of Bentley’s entire line-up, including Continental GT coupe and convertible, Flying Spur, and Mulsanne will be offered in the coming years.

Aesthetically speaking, little should physically differentiate the plug-in Bentayga from the ICE version save for the charging port door. The new plug-in SUV should hit showrooms next year as well, more than likely ahead of its smaller brother.

See? The industry is changing! And for the better!

 

 

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