External clues to the Hybrid’s green credentials are limited to some copper-coloured badging, but there’s plenty of new technology under the skin.
For a kick-off, there’s the powertrain itself. Teaming an electric motor with a 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine, the Bentayga Hybrid boasts an electric-only range of more than 30 miles. And, because it emits just 75g of carbon dioxide per kilometre, it’s exempt from the London Congestion Charge.
In the cabin, customers get some new buttons and displays to control the hybrid system, but the highlight is the satellite navigation. Using the chosen route and current traffic conditions as a guide, the on-board computers calculate when the car should use electric or petrol power. The system will also help the cruise control, slowing down automatically for roundabouts and junctions.
Bentley Bentayga V8 – putting the ‘sport’ in SUV
The hybrid will be joined in the Bentayga range by a new V8 model that uses the same 4.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine as the Continental GT.
Imaginatively dubbed the Bentayga V8, the newcomer is pitched as the sporty option in the Bentayga range, despite being less powerful than the flagship W12 model. Even so, the 542bhp V8 is capable of sprinting from a standstill to 62mph in just 4.5 seconds, before topping out at 180mph. Not too shabby for a car weighing almost 2.4 tonnes.
Unlike the Hybrid, the V8 gets a sporting makeover, with red brake callipers, a black-and-chrome grille and quad tailpipes setting the new model apart.