2019 Bentley Bentayga hybrid: SUV ruggedness, fuel economy & Bentley classiness

07/15/2019

Posted by: Joshua-Philip Okeafor

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Style means rugged sportiness meets fuel economy all inside a sleek Bentley body; that's one way to describe the 2019 Bentley Bentayga SUV.Or you just say awesome.

The 2019 Bentley Bentayga hybrid has finally arrived and it’s one of the luxury SUVs out there that not only meet the usually high standards of its traditional clientele but even exceeds those expectations. Of course it’s dynamite that this vehicle comes as a plug-in hybrid, with all the fuel conservation benefits that entails.

This new hybrid version of Bentley Bentayga is the first set in the Bentayga’s journey towards an electric future, and it certainly opens the door for more Bentley cars to zoom into electric Promised Land in the closest future. Could it be that, soon enough, we will see an electrified version of each of our favorite Bentley models, but today, let's discuss the latest hybrid version from Bentley with Naijauto car lovers!

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2019 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid is Bentley's first Hybrid SUV

Bentley has identified the 2019 Bentley Bentayga hybrid as the world’s first luxury hybrid vehicle, a claim that could be contested by the 2019 versions of the Lexus RX 450H and the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid.

1. A peep at the external design

A critical look at the exterior design of the 2019 Bentley Bentayga hybrid reveals little or no difference to the standard Bentley Bentayga SUV which started production since 2015. It has the same noticeable sleek lines, B-shaped wing outlets and exclusive headlamp collection. These include the smooth curves and all-in-one surface that firmly signify a member of the Bentayga family.

The exterior design is made with aluminum and has the fused look of sportiness and SUV; this sums up to making it spectacular and eye-catching. Below the taillight you can find the significant 'hybrid' badge that announces a difference between the regular and the hybrid versions. This is laid on a 22 five twin-spoke alloy wheels.

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There has been talk that the 2019 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid does not have Bentley's classic good looks

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2. What does the interior hold?

Bentley is known world-wide to always have an interior structure and style that trademarks luxury. Quite apart from décor, the interior holds some pretty amazing technology that facilitates better and safe driving. You should expect an interior covered in multi-styled leather, metal and various veneers to choose from.

Plastic usage in this vehicle, as far as the interior styling goes, is consigned to just a few buttons and switches.  The interior of the new car is uniquely presented in five color schemes that a typical user can choose from. Bentley Bentayga design was built in collaboration with the celebrated designer Philippe Starck, and this makes the internal stricture more of an artistic expression.

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The interior of the entayga is however undeniably Bentley standard

The handcrafted design feels and looks sedate, classic and comforting, but also definitely easy to use. One of the most notable slipups about the interior of the 2019 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid is that the 2020 Continental GT has the better multimedia system compared to the Bentayga. While the 2020 Continental GT has a 12.3-inch touchscreen that holds Bentley’s top-notch version of Porsche's Communication Management multimedia system, the Bentayga makes do with a lower-resolution 8-inch display of Volkswagen's older infotainment interface, which seems smaller and lower than what is expected of the profound and long awaited hybrid version of the Bentley Bentayga.

In there, be sure to find a totally user friendly instruments console interface that includes Apple CarPlay, cabin preconditioning, a parking heater with Radio remote control, a charging station detector and remote charging. You won't find an entirely digital gauge cluster but instead this SUV provides a fixed tachometer and speedometer, with low-resolution details incorporated.

Seating of the hybrid Bentley Bentayga 2019

The car is a five-seating vehicle that can very comfortably bear three rear passengers and also the driver and his front passenger. Every seat is covered with quality leather upholstery and the seats are easily adjustable for more coziness. There is also comfortable legroom and headroom space for the passenger rear seat and the front seats.

You must note, though, that there is an option to choose an alternative four seats version that gives maximum comfort and roominess. This option also insets a quilted panel behind the rear seats to isolate the cabin from the cargo area; for this design, there is a board with a pass-through space; this prevents the rear seat from folding.

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The Bentayga seats 5 or 4 according to options chosen

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How large is the Cargo space?

The Bentley Bentayga hybrid has the same cargo space capacity as the non-hybrid or regular Bentley Bentayga, which measures 17.1 cubic feet. For the version with four sitting that has a pass-through panel, its cargo space is reduced to 15.2 cubic feet.

5. Security and safety features

The 2019 hybrid Bentley Bentayga is equipped with the same number of safety and security technology supplied with the regular version. Additionally, is the included safety system that provides night vision and a heads-up display. It also has massaging front seats. There is furthermore an Intelligent braking system that synchronizes with the electric motor with the conservative hydraulic system for light and secure braking.

The Intelligent navigation supplied in the car works with the car's navigation system to reserve battery charge when driving in urban areas; included are many other features.

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The 2019 Betley Bentayga Hybrid instruments, there is a really small screen 

6. Performance and specification

How does the 2019 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid drive? First off the bat, you should not necessarily look at this car in the light of Bentley cars as far as performance goes. This is not saying it is a bad car, it is okay for the price and features featured, but it doesn't compare adequately to its sedan sisters. The Hybrid simply put will not output the necessary power, and sheer oomph for that Bentley experience. In terms of acceleration, braking, and finess the Hybrid may come short. 

What drives the hybrid Bentley Bentayga? The vehicle comes with a 2995 cc V6 Engine of 17.3 kWh; Lithium-ion battery with an on-board charger, the engine is similar to the Audi A6 and A7.  The car also has a speed of 0 - 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, 0 - 100 km/h in 5.5 seconds with a maximum speed of 254 km/h on an 8-speed transmission. The SUV comes with an AWD drivetrain.

Its 17.3-kilowatt-hour battery pack can be recharged from a Level 2 (240-volt) outlet in 2.5 hours or 7.5 hours from a standard wall plug. The engine of the car powers out 443 horsepower with about 330 kW on a combined system power incorporating both EV and diesel usage. For the V6 engine alone, it powers out 335 horsepower with 250 kW while the E-Drive drops 126 horsepower with 94 kW.

The combined torque for EV and diesel is 516 lb-ft/ 700 Nm but has 332 lb-ft/ 450 Nm for the V6 engine while outputting 258 lb-ft / 350 Nm for the E-Drive.

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7. Price of the Bentley Bentayga hybrid

Its price has not been released nor announced, but many are speculating a price range of $158,000- $199,400 (56,880,000 - 71,784,000) for this 2019 Bentley Bentayga hybrid, which is not astronomical when compared to the usual cost of Bentley cars.

The 2019 Bentley Bentayga is the future of Bentley Hybrid SUVs, even if that future right now seems shaky

However you look at it, this SUV heralds the future for Benley’s Hybrid SUV line, and perhaps also for Hybrid SUVs in general. It is certainl true that this vehicle does lack Bentley's customary power, and even finess, still it's a Bentley, and one that you may drive with every assurance.

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Joshua-Philip Okeafor

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Joshua, or KK as friends call him, is a Filmmaker, Writer and Director. A Christian, Joshua is a product of Nigeria’s foremost film school, the National Film Institute, Jos, where he majored in Writing/Directing. Joshua began his writing career at age 18 when an older brother gave him a four page outline of a children novel. Joshua intends to keep writing and directing. His screen name is sometimes Joshua Kalu Ephraim (Writing), and sometimes Joshua KK (directing).

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