Bentley Plug In Hybrid Concept Gets Revealed

APR 9 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 3

Bentley will officially launch a production plug-in hybrid vehicle in 2017.

Bentley Plug In Hybrid Concept

Bentley Plug In Hybrid Concept

Ahead of that, we see this plug-in hybrid Bentley concept, of which images were released earlier today.

This concept will get its official unveiling at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show later this month (of which InsideEVs will be in attendance).  Until then, Bentley provides us with few details on the PHEV powertrain found within this modded Mulsanne.  We should immediately point out that the production PHEV Bentley set for 2017 will be an SUV, not a bloated sedan.

Of note from the Bentley press release below are these statements:

  • By the end of the decade, at least 90% of our production will be available as a plug-in hybrid.
  • The plug-in hybrid system will offer a power increase of up to 25% together with a 70% reduction in C02 emissions, both without any compromise to the exquisite luxury, timeless design and industry-leading refinement for which Bentley has become renowned.
  • Bentley is envisioning a powerful and even more efficient Future with the Bentley Hybrid Concept – a technology showcase that previews Bentley’s first plug-in hybrid model, set to be a dedicated version of the all-new SUV available in 2017.

BENTLEY CHARGES FORWARD WITH HYBRID CONCEPT

• Bentley to introduce plug-in hybrid technology to the luxury market
• Additional performance and efficiency without compromise to luxury
• Bentley Hybrid Concept showcases the technology in flagship Mulsanne
• First application of hybrid power available in 2017 in the Bentley SUV

(Crewe, England. 9, April 2014) Bentley is envisioning a powerful and even more efficient Future with the Bentley Hybrid Concept – a technology showcase that previews Bentley’s first plug-in hybrid model, set to be a dedicated version of the all-new SUV available in 2017. The Bentley Hybrid Concept will be on display at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition on Sunday 2Qch April.

As the first luxury brand to present a plug-in hybrid, Bentley leads the way in bringing new powertrain choice to the luxury automotive sector. Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors, comments:

“There is no doubt that plug-in hybrid technology is true to Bentley’s values of outstanding luxury and effortless performance. Combining our renowned engines with electric power reinforces and enhances both principles, and so we will gradually introduce this powertrain across our model range. By the end of the decade, at least 90% of our production will be available as a plug-in hybrid. We are proud to be pioneering these developments in the luxury sector.”

The Bentley Plug-in Hybrid System
Through Bentley’s hybrid system, customers will have a wider choice of modern, powerful and efficient powertrains. The plug-in hybrid system will offer a power increase of up to 25% together with a 70% reduction in C02 emissions, both without any compromise to the exquisite luxury, timeless design and industry-leading refinement for which Bentley has become renowned. Bentley hybrids will also be capable of driving at least 50 km on electric power alone, allowing for emissions-free city driving with the option of enhanced performance on the open road.

The Bentley Hybrid Concept
The Bentley Hybrid Concept is based on the flagship model in the Bentley family, the Mulsanne, to show that hybrid technology enhances even the pinnacle of luxury and performance. Copper is used as an exterior and interior styling element to highlight the car’s electrical veins, including copper details to the headlamps, radiator shell bezel, brake calipers, feature line details and badges. Copper accents continue in the cabin, with inserts to the hand-crafted veneers fascias, switch bezels and instruments. Copper cross-stitching to the Mulliner Driving Specification diamond-quilted interior provides the Finishing flourish.

Beijing International Automotive Exhibition
The Bentley Hybrid Concept is joined on the new Bentley show stand in Beijing on 20th April by three other members of the road-car family. The new Flying Spur V8 makes its Chinese debut, as a new member of the already- renowned Flying Spur family capable of over 500 miles on a tank of fuel. The new and enhanced 206 mph (33 1 km/h) Continental GT Speed – the fastest production Bentley ever, with 635 PS and 820 Nm of torque – also makes its Far East debut, along with the new Continental GT V8 S.

Bentley Plug In Hybrid Concept

Bentley Plug In Hybrid Concept

Bentley Plug In Hybrid Concept

Bentley Plug In Hybrid Concept

Bentley Plug In Hybrid Concept

Bentley Plug In Hybrid Concept

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Do you have any Grey Poupon?

But seriously, it is nice to see luxury car makers FINALLY realize that electric drive is the ultimate luxury. Clean, quiet, no smelly exhaust, no transmission lurches, etc.

Yeah but thay have to go plugless, seriously!

Induction charging would have to be standard at this level.
The price of a charing station in the huge mansion garage would not be that much of a problem for the owner of a Bentley.