Based on the Mulsanne, Bentley will showcase a plug-in hybid concept car during the Beijing Auto Show on April 20.
The concept serves as a precursor to the plug-in hbyrid system that will eventually be offered on 90 percent of Bentley’s product portfolio. But rather than introducing the Volkswagen Group plug-in hybrid powertrain to any of its existing models, it will enter the market in 2017 with the yet-unnamed SUV.
“There is no doubt that plug-in hybrid technology is true to Bentley’s values of outstanding luxury and effortless performance,” Bentley charman Wolfgang Schreiber 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.”
For now, the powertrain is being previewed in a version of the flagship Mulsanne. Reinforcing Schreiber’s claim that the powertrain won’t fall below Bentely’s current performance standards, the company said it will offer 626 hp and 605 lb-ft of torque. Bentley also promises its plug-in powertrain will offer a 25 percent boost in output with a 70 percent reduction in C02 emissions.
The powertrain can propel vehicles on electric power alone, but only up to 31 mph. Technically that means the plug-in hybrids will be able to travel “emmissions free.” After that speed, the Mulsanne’ 6.75-liter twin-turbo V8 kicks in.
GALLERY: Bentley Plug-In Hybrid Concept
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