Bentley Bentayga Hybrid: Features, Pricing and Availability


The Bentley Bentayga Hybrid is not only Bentley's first SUV, its also their first hybrid vehicle.

A "first step towards electrification" according to one of the company's representatives. The hybrid is definitely the 4th iteration of the line, which was first launched in the UK and US in 2015 with a W12 gas, V8 gas and V8 diesel alternatives. Find out about the features, price and availability of the Bentley Bentayga as you read on.

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Engine and Performance
This new model features a turbo-charged 335 hp, 3-liter V6 coupled with a 94kW (126 hp) electric motor, putting out a combined power of 443 horses when used together. 

You can run the car using just the gas engine to recharge the battery, run both for peak performance or just the e-drive when driving around town. Being a plug-in hybrid, the battery can also be charged directly using a household outlet in 7.5 hours or in just less than 3 hours if utilizing a 220V power supply.

Upon full charge, the Bentley Bentayga Hybrid offers around 30 miles of electric range. Although, based on discoveries by people that has taken the car for a test drive, operating accessory features such as preconditioning the vehicle's interior climate drains the battery power at a speedy rate.
Bentley Bentayga Hybrid: Features, Pricing and Availability
Bentley Bentayga Hybrid: Features, Pricing and Availability

Bentley Bentayga Hybrid: Features, Pricing and Availability

Bentley Bentayga Hybrid: Features, Pricing and Availability

Bentley Bentayga Hybrid: Features, Pricing and Availability

Bentley representatives pointed out that if worst comes to worst, the gas engine would simply kick in for a while until the battery was refreshed. The infotainment system's navigation feature also offers a map overlay, referred to as the "fried egg" by Bentley's design team due to its shape, showing you how far you will get on electric power given the current driving conditions, terrain and traffic.

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Style and Design
The car's build quality is exactly what you would expect when giving Bentley $156,900. The Bentayga is opulence personified. The interior is decorated with special wood accents and chrome knobs over buttery soft leather. 

The company offers seven standard paint colors and five hues of leather. If you want to customize it, Bentley offers 100 customizable paint colors, including a dozen duo-tone options, and 15 different colors of cow skin. 

The company will even offer you a design consultant who can assist with tweaking the color schemes based on your style preferences, favorite colors -- even mirror the aesthetics of your favorite hotel -- to fully personalize your ride.

The primary monitor is an 8-inch touchscreen with a 60GB HDD, CD player, satellite and terrestrial radio. It offers GPS Navigation and voice control with text-to-speech as well. The backs of the front headrests have their own touch screens attached to them for the rear seat passengers. 

To ensure that everybody remains entertained throughout the trip, regardless of how many people are riding along, the Bentley Bentayga offers the first commercially available tri-SIM LTE connection. Originally developed for military applications, this connectivity splits the data link into three separate streams so that all the connected devices in use aren't interferring with each other.

"It allows us to seamlessly transmit into the vehicle at very high data rates," Bentley's head of marketing strategy, Marcus Abbot, told reporters ahead of the drive, "so that customers in the car can use multiple devices, and experience media interaction at speed, which is almost impossible to do today.

Perhaps the oddest bit of this driving experience is not with the vehicle itself but its smartphone app. MyBentley, available for both iOS and Android, is part remote control (ie remote battery charging and vehicle status reports), part maintenance scheduler and part social media hub. The network, as Bentley calls the social aspects of the app, offers "exclusive services, exclusive events" to the company's 12,000 customers.

"If we could get all of our customers onto the network would be at about 100,000 high net worth individuals, which makes it a really, really very powerful community of people," Abbot explained. Users create their own content, he continued, and are not managed in any way by the company.

"We get a lot of insights from it as well, we've started to do some research directly with customers through the app on this as well," he said. "And we see this peer-to-peer relationship when they get through the network is really, really valuable to them as well."

Wildest of all, the app also serves as a hub for Bentley On Demand, which is exactly as boogie as it sounds. If you, a high net worth individual, are travelling to Los Angeles, Miami or New York and don't want to demean yourself by riding in a limo or town car like some plebeian, Bentley will lend you a one of its vehicles while you're there. Company reps did not disclose how much this added service would cost beyond it being "a very reasonable rate" but if you have to ask, you can't afford it.

Bentley Bentayga Hybrid Price and Availability

The Bentley Bentayga Hybrid costs $158,000 /NGN 57,000,080 (Base price).

It is slated for release in the UK by the end of this year and in the US by 2020. The model will make it to the Chinese market within a few years as well.

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