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Bentley Bentayga plug-in hybrid will borrow Porsche’s V6/electric motor combo

Bentley Bentayga plug-in hybrid will borrow Porsche’s V6/electric motor combo

ANOTHER LUXURY SUV WILL SHARE THE HOV LANE WITH PRIUS OWNERS

After the debut of the diesel Bentayga, packing a triple-charged 4.0-liter V8 generating 429 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque, there was really only one unexplored powertrain option for Crewe’s luxury tank: hybrid. A plug-in hybrid Bentayga is indeed in the works, and prototypes have already been spotted testing in the U.K., Auto Expressreports. Yes, ultimately this means the Bentayga will be able to take advantage of diamond and HOV lanes reserved for electrics and hybrids, traveling along with Toyota Priuses and Nissan Leafs.

Don’t write off this version just yet, as it sounds like it’ll be the perfect antidote to pangs of luxobarge guilt: The prototype Bentayga has been testing with the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid’s existing powertrain, which pairs a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 churning out 333 hp with an electric motor producing an additional 95 hp, for a total of 416 hp in the current Cayenne. We’d expect a production version to use the newer 2.9-liter V6/motor combo from the new Panamera e-Hybrid, generating a combined 462 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque with the help of a 100-kW electric unit.

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A new Cayenne is imminent, but the Bentayga itself isn’t due for a redesign just yet — it hasn’t been on sale that long — so just about the only exterior changes expected on this model will be an extra cap for the charging socket and perhaps some distinct wheels and badging. The plug-in hybrid is expected to land in late 2017 as a 2018 model.

The Bentayga won’t be the sole Bentley model to receive the plug-in hybrid powertrain: The Continental GT will follow suit. It remains to be seen whether Bentley will be able to stick with its promise of offering hybrid power in 90 percent of its lineup by the end of the decade, but with the Bentayga currently accounting for half of Bentley’s sales, it’s not difficult to imagine more models gaining this option. Having access to the Porsche parts bin certainly helps.

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