Bentley plans to electrify all existing models in the next couple of years, but you probably know that already. What you don’t know for sure is that they already started the task. The first semi-electric model will come next year as the 2018 Bentley Bentayga Plug-In Hybrid. We are sure that the SUV is receiving the new powertrain because we managed to catch the first testing model just a few days ago.
As you can see, aside from a small detail, the prototype looks exactly the same as the regular model. The detail is a fuel cap placed on the left rear fender. That’s actually the charger where the SUV gets electricity feed. You must be wondering what’s going to power this exceptional vehicle? Well, the answer is quite simple. The 2018 Bentley Bentayga PHEV will definitely use the same drivetrain as the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid.
If the carmaker decides not to change anything, you can expect a combination of a twin-turbo V8 and an electric motor. More precisely, the 550 hp strong 4.0-liter V-8 will work together with a 136-hp electric motor. Together, the system will deliver a staggering output of 680 horsepower, which is going to power all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 2018 Bentayga Plug-In Hybrid will offer an electric-only driving range of 25 to 30 miles thanks to a 14.1-kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
Like we said, the 2018 Bentley Bentayga Plug-In Hybrid is just the tip of the iceberg, because the car manufacturer plans the PHEV treatment on all other vehicles. As we have heard, the all-new Continental GT will be the next plug-in hybrid from Bentley.