As the first luxury brand to present a plug-in hybrid, Bentley wants to lead the way in bringing a new choice to the luxury automotive sector. Debuting at the 2014 Beijing auto show, the Bentley Hybrid Concept demonstrates the fuel-saving powertrain that will feature in the company’s first-ever SUV by 2017.
The forthcoming Bentley SUV, which was first teased in 2012 as the EXP 9 F concept, goes on sale in 2016 with a W-12 gasoline engine, and the plug-in version will debut a year later. The Bentley SUV, which may or may not be called Falcon, will be based on the forthcoming Audi Q8, a model that in turn will be based on the next-gen Audi Q7 crossover. The car could be priced around $200,000 and would reportedly be positioned to rival high-end versions of the Land Rover Range Rover and Porsche Cayenne. Based on a recent teaser photo, the styling of the future Bentley SUV has been toned-down considerably compared to the controversial EXP 9 F concept.
The company’s first application of hybrid power available in 2017 in the Bentley SUV. Plug-in hybrid technology is true to Bentley’s values of outstanding luxury and effortless performance.