A production version of the EXP12 Speed 6e Concept will also follow.
We’ve known for some time Bentley planned a surprise for this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Now those plans have leaked out: a plug-in hybrid version of the Bentayga SUV will debut at the Swiss show. While Bentley has not yet officially announced its first-ever plug-in hybrid for the show, a report emerged on Autocar with details and images of the model. The British outlet swiftly took down the report, but not before Carscoops gathered all the details and photos.
According to CarScoops, the Bentayga will inherit the same setup as the Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid. This means we can expect a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine paired with an electric motor, generating a combined output of around 450 horsepower. The report didn't detail any performance figures. It will also offer 31 miles of pure electric range and take 7.5 hours to fully charge. A quick-charger styled by renowned designer Philippe Starck will reduce that time to 2.5 hours, however. It’s designed to keep cables “neat and safe” while acting as a “functional piece of art.”
Three E Modes will be available in the Bentayga Hybrid to manage battery usage: EV Drive, Hybrid, and Hold. A dedicated infotainment system will also provide data on powertrain usage. Visually, the Bentayga Hybrid looks virtually identical to its combustion-engined counterparts and can only be distinguished by copper-colored “Hybrid” badges and wheel hubs. As part of its electrification plans, a fully electric Bentley sports car is also expected to launch in 2020 as a production version of the exquisite EXP12 Speed 6e concept that debuted at Geneva last year. It's expected to share the same platform as the Porsche Mission E.
No pricing details have been revealed, but the plug-in hybrid is expected to be priced below the range-topping W12 Bentayga. Bentley will be lifting the wraps off the Bentayga Hybrid at Geneva this week, but we suspect an online reveal is imminent now that the details have leaked.