As the demand for electric vehicles rolls on, several luxury brands in the automotive industry have started to hop on the bandwagon by releasing their own take on this burgeoning trend. Hot on the heels of Ferrari‘s announcement is the Bentayga Hybrid, an electric SUV by British-based automaker Bentley which promises to be its “first step towards electrification”. Released earlier year in North America and Europe, company also gives this hybrid the title of “the world’s first true electrified luxury car” — that depends on whether you consider a Tesla, BMW, and Porsche true luxury brands or not.
By 2023, Bentley hopes to offer an electrified version of every model in its portfolio, an ambition similar to those of VW and Lincoln, and the Bentayga Hybrid is the first model launched as part of this electrification goal.
The model is powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 paired with an electric motor. The drive system controlling both optimises how much each is used to ensure that all available power is used most efficiently. Together, the engine and the motor can bring the SUV to a top speed of 158 mph.
Bentley’s Bentayga Hybrid is available starting at €141,100 in Europe and £133,100 in the UK. Despite the ordering books opening up in the North America before Europe, European deliveries will begin first in the fourth quarter of 2019 followed by North American deliveries in early 2020.
This story first appeared in AFP Relaxnews.