Bentley Planning Luxury Plug-in Hybrid for 2015
Bentley is gearing up to build a plug-in hybrid engine by 2015 in the quest for improved fuel efficiency.
Speaking to Drive at the 2012 Detroit motor show, Bentley boss Wolfgang Durheimer confirmed the German-owned British brand would produce a petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain designed to significantly reduce fuel use while maintaining the effortless performance the brand is known for.
It’s not known what engine would be used, although a V6 would make sense given the Volkswagen Group – of which Bentley is part of – has already established a market for a hybrid one, using it in other brands such as Volkswagen and Porsche.
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One of the powertrain options being considered in EXP 9 F Concept SUV is a V6 electric hybrid (plug-in) with a potential range up to 30 km (18.6 mi).
The concept demonstrated 0-62 mpg in under 5 seconds and has a EV mode range of up to 18 miles.
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