Bentley to show Hybrid Concept at Beijing motorshowThu, 10 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0700
Bentley is using the Beijing motor show to reveal the Bentley Hybrid Concept. It will preview the company's first plug-in model, with the powertrain expected in a Bentley SUV debuting in 2017. The technology will be demonstrated in Beijing on the flagship Bentley Mulsanne.
Right now you should be thinking, “It's Bentley: Does the company really need a hybrid model?” CEO Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber explained why the answer is “yes.”
“There is no doubt that plug-in hybrid technology is true to Bentley's values of outstanding luxury and effortless performance,” said Schreiber. “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 percent of our production will be available as a plug-in hybrid. We are proud to be pioneering these developments in the luxury sector.”
Bentley says the system will offer a power increase of up to 25 percent, while reducing CO2 emissions by 70 percent. The hybrids will also be able to drive up to 31 miles on electric power alone.
The concept will feature a handful of copper accents to evoke the car's electrical veins, with details on the headlights, radiator shell, brake calipers and badges. Inside, the accents will continue with copper veneers and gauge bezels.
The Hybrid Concept will join the Bentley Flying Spur V8 making its Chinese debut, the new Continental GT Speed and the Continental GT V8.
By Jake Lingeman