The luxury barge is getting a type of boost you may have never heard of.
A lead engineer at Bentley recently confirmed that the diesel version of the British automaker’s SUV model will feature electric turbocharging. Audi, with its close business and engineering ties, has also said that the next Q7 model will feature this same sort of technology. Although the future of the Volkswagen Group, which owns both Audi and Bentley, seems volatile, it is speculated that the VW Group’s cheating in U.S. emissions testing will not impact the introduction of e-charging.
With the arrival of the new Bentayga, we don’t yet know what the engine displacement will be, but we do know that electronically assisted turbo charging will only be offered on Audi and Bentley’s diesel models of the Q7 and Bentayga. According to Nick Gibbs of Automotive News, this new sort of turbocharging “has been made possible thanks to the introduction of the 48-volt electric system in the Bentayga.” On a related note, e-charging will also enhance the car’s “active roll control” and “dynamic ride system,” an intriguing new piece of tech that can disengage the SUV’s anti-roll bars on command to deliver a smoother driving experience in certain conditions.