Bentley Bentayga with hybrid engine introduced

Bentley Bentayga with hybrid engine introduced

The Bentley Bentayga will get some interior improvements as well as a hybrid, 443 horsepower hybrid engine.

The 2021 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid has been unveiled, and it’s considered in the same round of upgrades as the rest of the Bentayga lineup. That means it gets a new exterior design, a completely redesigned interior and lots of new technology.

On the powertrain side, nothing has changed for Bentley’s plug-in hybrid. It will still settle for a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine with an electric motor. Power output remains the same at 443 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque combined. The EPA range is not yet available, but given that the 31-mile range tested by the NEDC hasn’t changed, we don’t expect the 18-mile EPA-rated electric range to move either.

The biggest upgrade inside is the new 10.9-inch infotainment system. It’s the latest and best Bentley has to offer, and it features wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto. A wireless phone charger, new USB-C ports and a larger remote-controlled touchpad in the back seat complete the best interior changes.

There’s more room in the back for passengers. And Bentley has upped its level of luxury with a redesigned dashboard, instrument cluster (digital), door trim and steering wheel. The seats have also been redesigned for more comfort.

Bentley has not detailed any fine-tuning changes that may have been made to the way the Bentayga Hybrid is driven, but given the very scarce emotions from driving the last version, experts hope that there are some unnoticed improvements under the hood.

An indication that this is a PHEV is the tiny “Hybrid” text on the lower door trim. Bentley says the updated hybrid is available to order, but it doesn’t yet have a full price breakdown. Expect it to retain its status as the cheapest Bentley in the brand’s lineup.