Bentley launches first hybrid ultra-luxurious SUV

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Bentley has been promising a hybrid version of its Bentayga SUV for over 3 years, and now, it’s been finally released.

The simply-titled Bentayga Hybrid delivers the same ultra-luxurious design of the regular model, but replaces the usual powerplant with a 3.0L V6 and an electric motor.

However, that motor will only deliver about 31 miles of pure electric driving – which is not very useful for visiting family.

It’s meant more to offset the lousy fuel economy from the V6, which musters just 12MPG in the city and 19MPG on the highway.

It however, stands out from many other PHEV models.

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According to Philippe Starck, the designer who crafted the charging station, “You may not mind that it takes 2.5 hours to top up, but at least you’ll have something pretty to look at while you wait.”

Also, Bentley uses the GPS positioning to calculate the best times to use the electric motor when in hybrid mode, so that the driver only runs out of electricity when just arriving at destination.

The in-cabin tech offers more than the normal.

The 8-inch touchscreen in the center stack is complemented by a 10.2-inch removable Android tablet that offers LTE and WiFi data for those in the back.

Bentley hasn’t outlined pricing, although orders won’t start until the second half of 2018.

The automaker is, however, believed to be targeting a fairly narrow audience consisting of super wealthy buyers.

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