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2018 Geneva Motor Show: Bentley announces plug-in Bentayga SUV

By David Undercoffler | March 5, 2018

Bentley took a step into the electrification game this week with the debut of its first-ever Bentayga plug-in hybrid.

The ultra-luxe automaker announced the hybrid SUV at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show -- the swanky annual auto show favored by some of the world’s most expensive brands.

The Bentayga PHEV uses a new turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 and an electric motor, paired with permanent all-wheel drive.

Bentley hasn’t announced power figures but it could easily eclipse 500 horsepower. Porsche’s Panamera E-Hybrid with a similar hybrid system gets 462 horsepower (Porsche and Bentley are both owned by Volkswagen Group).

The plug-in Bentayga will recharge in 2.5 hours and has an all-electric range of 31 miles, though that’s in the European test cycle and the figure could dip slightly in the U.S. market.

Bentley is among dozens of automakers who are scrambling to produce electrified versions of their vehicles with smaller engines to meet ever-tightening emissions standards in global markets like China and Europe.

Bentley will put this Bentayga PHEV on sale later this year. A similar PHEV version of its Continental coupe is also expected in the near future; an all-electric Bentley is expected in about two years.