Bentley is first luxury brand to unveil hybrid tech
The Bentley Hybrid Concept, which is due to be unveiled at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition at the end of April, will showcase plug-in hybrid technology for the first time on a vehicle produced by a luxury manufacturer.
Although drivetrain specifics are yet to be announced, the firm has said it would combine plug-in battery technology with its powerful 6 3/4- litre engine. The plug-in hybrid system is claimed to offer a power increase of up to 25 per cent together with a 70 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions.
Bentley has also confirmed that its hybrid models will be able to travel up to 50km on battery power alone, meaning completely emission-free driving is available for those wanting to glide around congested cities.
The Bentley Hybrid Concept is based on the current generation Mulsanne, which will feature an abundant use of copper both inside and outside the vehicle. Copper details will be seen on 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 adds the finishing touch.
Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors, said: "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 per cent of our production will be available as a plug-in hybrid. We are proud to be pioneering these developments in the luxury sector."