The Bentley Bentayga plug-in hybrid will borrow its electrified powertrain from the Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid, which means that it will be motivated by a 3.0L turbocharged V6 and an electric motor to give it a combined output of around 450 horsepower.
The company also claims emissions of just 75g/km - an important figure in markets like Europe - along with the ability to be charged in as little as 2.5 hours. Official fuel economy and performance figures haven't been revealed, although an all-electric range of over 31 miles is claimed.
The car's hybrid system features three driving modes that can be selected "on the fly": EV Drive, Hybrid Mode and Hold Mode. Changes over the conventional Bentayga include a tweaked dashboard that now shows information on the battery status, while the system is also capable of working with the satellite navigation to optimise battery usage. The infotainment screen can display an energy flow diagram, too.
From the outside, the Bentayga Hybrid can be distinguished from other models in the range by its copper-coloured badging and wheel centres - a subtle nod to its more eco-friendly credentials. Bentley says the battery can be recharged in two and a half hours from an industrial connection, or seven hours via a domestic plug. By kitting out the Bentayga SUV with an advanced electric motor - and adding a charging dock designed by one-time Wallpaper* Guest Editor Phillippe Starck - the British manufacturer has stolen a march over the competition. Oh, it charges the vehicle as well.