2021 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid gets refreshed
Bentley’s Bentayga is a very important product for the luxury brand. With the electrification trend going strong, the plug-in hybrid version of the Bentayga is a key player in the SUV lineup. So, just a year after its introduction, the Bentayga Hybrid follows the tracks of the recently facelifted regular Bentayga and Bentayga Speed, getting a refresh.
The changes on the 2021 Bentayga Hybrid is similar to those that came on the regular Bentayga and the W12 Bentayga Speed. It gets the new elliptical headlamps up front instead of the round ones. The rear shows off the elliptical tail lamps, replacing the rounded rectangle units on the 2020 model. The rear number plate migrates to the bumper, down from the tailgate.
Updates inside the Bentayga Hybrid including a new 10.9-inch infotainment screen as well as a fully digital instrument cluster. Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are offered as standard now. The “bulls-eye” HVAC vents are out, making way for simpler units integrating the insanely expensive Breitling clock neatly into it.
Powering the 2021 Bentayga Hybrid is a 3.0-litre petrol engine that holds hands with an electric motor to dish out a combined 443 hp of power and 700 Nm of torque. The electric motor sits between the gearbox and the petrol engine, filling in power gaps with its instant torque. With a 17.3 kWh Lithium battery, the hybrid SUV can ride on pure electric juice for 50 km, based on the NEDC cycle. The battery pack can be charged fully in two and a half hours and has an expected life of 160,000 km. To improve efficiency, Bentley adds a Bentley Hybrid Efficiency Navigation System which encourages the driver to stay in EV mode. This system alerts the driver via the throttle pedal at the “boundary between pure electric and hybrid power.”
The 2021 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid’s changes are not drastic but are substantial enough as an early facelift. This should help the plug-in hybrid SUV keep its sheen for the future as electrified vehicles are increasingly getting popular.