Luxury crossover is saving the planet. This is the first thought when we heard of Bentley’s plans to produce hybrid crossover. And yes, it is happening. While this was a rumor, fans and enthusiasts were skeptics about it. Now, the 2019 Bentley Bentayga Plug-In Hybrid is realistic. However, we will know more details after the car show in Geneva. So, all of us must be patient until March.
The 2019 Bentley Bentayga Plug-In Hybrid will be the first electrified crossover in its class. No other high-luxury SUV is having a plug-in version in the lineup. Bentayga feels the pressure about its emissions. With hybrid drivetrain, it will be able to meet requirements. Also, the future brings radical changes. The UK and France are planning to cut sales of cars with conventional engines by 2040. California is the first US state to accept the similar concept.
2019 Bentley Bentayga Plug-In Hybrid Engine
The question is what will 2019 Bentley Bentayga Plug-In Hybrid use as the power source? Although we saw the first test mules, and design is much more predictable, what lays under the hood is still a mystery. Some trusted sources are informing about a 3.0-liter V-6 engine. This twin-turbo unit is also a base for Porsche Panamera Hybrid. Petrol engine and electric batteries together create the energy which is distributed to all wheels through an 8-speed gearbox. Experts estimate that this combo will be good for 470 horses. The range of the electric motor will be around 31 miles.
2019 Bentley Bentayga Plug-In Hybrid Redesign
The regular model of the luxury crossover will suffer some changes for the upcoming season. With these modifications, we will see the 2019 Bentley Bentayga Plug-In Hybrid. These two will share shell and most of the exterior details. Most of the front fascia is covered with a chrome grille. Upper and lower honeycomb pattern will make the hybrid exquisite. Wheels are 20-inchers for the base model. However, the 2019 Bentayga Hybrid will come with slightly larger rims. These will be 21- or 22-inch wheels.
More differences between standard and hybrid Bentayga crossover will be in the cabin. The plug-in SUV will use advanced technology in the cockpit. Also, special features are required for this type of vehicle. Whatsoever, the 2019 Bentley Bentayga Plug-In Hybrid will share main characteristics with its sibling. It will bring luxurious interior with premium materials on seats, door panels, and dashboard. Also, navigation and exceptional sound system are standard for Bentayga Hybrid.
However, the company confirms that special infotainment system is being built for plug-in version. Navigation upgrades will calculate distance and fuel economy, as well as the power distribution. So, drivers will be able to check the status of their route and battery life. Of course, stylish look of the dashboard and gauges will boost the premium impression, even in the hybrid version of Bentayga. Smartphones can be attached to the infotainment system via MyBentley3 telematics service. Other parts of it are 8-inch display and HD with 60 GB of storage. The system offers 30 different languages to choose from.
2019 Bentley Bentayga Plug-In Hybrid Release Date
The 2019 Bentley Bentayga Plug-In Hybrid will arrive in dealerships in the second part of 2018. However, it appears as a model for next season. Spy shots are there. Although these are not unveiling too much, they will confirm that the vehicle will come very soon. The premiere should happen in March, at the Auto Show in Geneva.
2019 Bentayga Hybrid Price
With standard model priced around $230k, we can’t expect a hybrid to cost less. We believe every price under $250,000 will be great. But, with such innovations and novelties, the UK carmaker is not going to save their buyers. However, the 2019 Bentley Bentayga Plug-In Hybrid could be only more expensive. We will see if Lamborghini will respond with electrifying their Urus.