One for hooning and one for relaxing.
The Bentley range is now officially 50% electrified following the introduction of the new Bentayga S Hybrid and Bentayga Azure Hybrid models.
These two new Bentaygas are aimed at different customers, but they share an upgraded plug-in hybrid powertrain. On the gas side is a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 that works in tandem with a 100-kW electric motor. The battery size has been increased from 13 kWh to 18 kWh, resulting in an EV-only output of 134 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Bentley says both new models can drive more than 27 miles in EV mode.
The combined power output is up to 456 hp, up from 443 hp in the previous model. Bentley did not provide a combined torque output, but the car is bound to feel effortless thanks to the immediate torque delivery.
Bentley claims a 0-62 mph time of 5.3 seconds and a top speed of 158 mph.
The S Hybrid follows in the footsteps of the S models Bentley introduced earlier this year. These S Bentleys are meant to be more engaging while providing the comfort and luxury you'd expect from the British brand.
The Bentayga S Hybrid's Sport mode has been updated and now activates sound enhancement from the engine bay, complementing the sound of the V6 engine. It also stiffens the damping by 15% and activates a sportier stability control map.
The Azure was designed to promote the well-being of occupants. To create this new trim level, Bentley engaged creative neuroscientist Katherine Templar-Lewis, from Kinda Studios, whose primary focus in life is reducing stress. It comes as standard with the Front Seat Comfort Specification, which includes 22-way adjustability and a heating and ventilation function. Bentley and Templar-Lewis used everything from interior lights and patterns to posture to create the most relaxing interior possible.
Both models are highly customizable but have model-specific features to set them apart.
The S Hybrid has Blackline specification substitutes for black or polished metal on all exterior surfaces apart from the badge. It also has black side sills and door mirrors, dark-tint headlamps, a black radiator grille and surround, and a Speed-style front bumper. It comes with 22-inch model-specific alloys with red-painted brake calipers. At the rear, you'll note a Speed-style tailgate spoiler, dark tinted rear lamps, and black split-oval tailpipes.
The interior has several performance touches, like the use of Dinamica, which is often used in motorsport. The available color splits were carefully chosen to provide a sporty ambiance, while the digital instrument cluster borrows the performance dials from the Bentayga Speed but with an additional PHEV power meter.
Fluted seating and 'S' emblems on the fascia, illuminated treadplates, and headrests further distinguish the 'S' hybrid from its Azure sibling.
As mentioned earlier, designs and patterns significantly reduce stress, and we can feel ours dripping away just by looking at the Azure's interior images.
It has precisely crafted diamond-quilted upholstery, and three open-pore veneers are available: Dark Walnut, Crown-Cut Walnut, and Koa. These are more calming than Bentley's high-gloss veneers. There's a selection of 15 hide colors and hide splits, all selected for their soothing nature. Seat piping is a no-cost option.
The Azure emblem can be found on the fascia, illuminated treadplates and seat embroidery. Additional features include Bentley B foot pedals, mood lighting, and a dual-tone steering wheel with heating. On the outside, it has bright chrome lower bumper grilles, Azure badges, and 22-inch 10-spoke alloys.