By Nate Chapnick By Nate Chapnick | May 18, 2022 | Lifestyle
Bentley’s luxurious Bentayga goes green with a plug-in hybrid option.
The Bentayga’s signature elliptical front headlamps look like jewels cut from crystals. A chrome insert within the lamps allows them to sparkle even when they’re not illuminated. The rear taillamps are equally captivating, featuring a deep 3D glow seen only on a Bentley.
The ultraluxe five-passenger SUV from Bentley, the Bentayga, has been recharged like never before thanks to a new, more sustainable plug-in hybrid powertrain. With roughly 31 miles of pure electric range, the Bentayga Hybrid can travel an impressive 536 miles in total when combining its fully charged battery with a full 19.8 gallons of gasoline. Bentley has found that about 50% of Bentayga owners regularly undertake journeys of less than 30 miles, making it highly probable that many customers will rarely visit a gas station when they regularly recharge their Bentayga after every trip. Look for the Bentayga Hybrid now at your local Bentley dealer.
Recharging the Bentayga is as simple as plugging a cord into the charging port located on the left - hand side of the vehicle. The Bentayga’s battery can be recharged at a rate of 7.2 kW and an LED light will indicate when the Bentayga has reached a full charge. Using a special 240-volt vehicle charger will fully recharge the battery in about two and a half hours, while a standard 120-volt outlet can do the job in around seven hours.
Buyers can configure their Bentayga to transport four or five passengers. In the four-passenger guise, the Bentayga’s rear seats benefit from a 30 mm increase in knee room in the upright seated position and nearly 100 mm in the reclined position. There’s even a center console between the two rear seats to store Champagne flutes, should the need arise.
It just wouldn’t be a Bentley without the sparkling knurled organ-style vent controls that are as exquisite to see as they are to touch.
Download the My Bentley app, and you can check on your Bentayga’s state of charge, remotely initiate a charge and access vehicle statistics from your most recent trips. Plus, never get into a sweltering hot or freezing cold vehicle again thanks to this app, which allows remote heating or cooling of the cabin right from your phone.
Bentley’s Hybrid Efficiency Navigation database uses predictive data to help drivers improve their driving behavior for maximum efficiency. This system works in conjunction with the Bentley Hybrid Efficiency Accelerator Pedal, which provides haptic feedback to the driver via the pedal to help them improve the Bentayga’s efficiency. Using data from the navigation system including speed limit changes or an approaching junction, the pedal will vibrate or push back, advising the driver to lift off the throttle, thereby maximizing the vehicle’s energy regeneration capabilities.
There is little to distinguish the Bentayga Hybrid from its thirstier siblings. The only obvious clues that you’ll find are the small “hybrid” badges on the lower front doors.
A 3.0-liter turbocharged gasoline V-6 engine combines with an electric motor and battery rated at 17.3 kWh. Combined, the two powertrains make 443 horsepower and 516 foot-pounds of torque, good for a zero-to-60 mph sprint in just 5.2 seconds.
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