Bentayga Hybrid charts new course for Bentley
Bentley plans to have electrified variants of each model by 2025 and hits the ground running in 2019 when the Bentayga Hybrid goes on sale. That will make 2019 a product-heavy year for the prestige brand, with the redesigned Continental GT, the brand's best-selling nameplate, also set to go on sale.
Continental GT: Arriving in mid-2019, a redesigned third-generation Continental GT will ride on VW Group's MSB platform, which also underpins the Porsche Panamera. Power comes from a 6.0-liter turbocharged W12 that reaches 626 hp and 664 pound-feet of torque. Bentley has kept the nameplate fresh since it was introduced in 2003 with several variants. That won't change anytime soon. A convertible is likely to debut in 2019. Previous reports point to a Continental GT plug-in hybrid getting a V-6 engine from the VW corporate parts bin, as well as electric motors, battery systems, plug-in hybrid controllers and wiring systems. A Continental GT V-8 variant would be the next to follow.
Flying Spur: The Flying Spur is the next nameplate to be redesigned, likely breaking cover in 2019 for the 2020 model year. The four-door version of the Continental GT will also make the jump to the MSB platform, and the redesign should reflect some of the same changes as its coupe sibling, including the W12 engine. A V-8 variant and plug-in hybrid also are hinted once the sedan is redesigned.
Mulsanne: Bentley's large sedan is up for a redesign in 2020. A limited-edition variant named W.O. Edition by Mulliner joins the lineup in 2019 with the automaker making just 100 units in honor of Bentley's 100th anniversary.
Bentayga: Bentley's crossover range is quickly being bulked up. A V-8 variant, which arrives this fall, is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter engine good for 550 hp and 568 pound-feet of torque, compared with the W12, which churns out 600 hp and 664 pound-feet of torque. The V-8 model, starting at about $165,000, is considerably less expensive than the W12 model, which will likely give it a wider pool of customers. Following the V-8 is the Bentayga Hybrid, a plug-in hybrid variant that debuted at the Geneva auto show this year and is set to go on sale in 2019. The Bentayga Hybrid, the brand's first electrified vehicle, uses Porsche's V-6 plug-in hybrid technology. The powertrain combines a 3.0-liter V-6 engine with an electric motor that gives the crossover an all-electric range of 31 miles.
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