Bentley Hybrid Concept Bows in Beijing


Bentley enters the realm of the hybrid.

Bentley is offering a glimpse at a green future with the unveiling of the Hybrid Concept at the Beijing Motor Show. Based on the Mulsanne, the eco-conscious concept is powered by a newly-developed plug-in hybrid system that is said to increase power by 25 percent while simultaneously trimming CO2 emissions by 70 percent. Running on pure electricity alone, Bentley says the concept can be driven for 31 miles.

James Lipman

Differentiating the Hybrid model from the gasoline-powered Mulsanne, Bentley added some copper touches on the profile line, radiator shell bezel, headlamps, badges and brake calipers. Inside, the same colored trim can be found on the switch bezels, instruments and veneer fasciae, while copper cross-stitching has been applied on the Mulliner Driving Specification upholstery. Bentley plans to offer a plug-in hybrid option to more than 90 percent of its lineup by 2020. The carmaker's upcoming SUV will be the first to showcase the system, with a hybrid variant to follow a conventionally-powered model a year after the SUV is introduced sometime in 2016.


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