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Bentley CEO reveals hybrid plans, says crossover will be large

 Bentley CEO reveals hybrid plans, says crossover will be large
2012 Bentley Continental GT V8

Crossover decision coming in a few weeks

A few months ago, Bentley CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer confirmed plans to offer a plug-in hybrid. Now, new details are starting to emerge about the eco-friendly powertrain.

Speaking with Car and Driver, Dürheimer revealed the plug-in hybrid system will be heavily based on Volkswagen technology. He also indicated the system could be equipped with the W12 engine as well as the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 which was recently added to the Continental GT and GTC. It will apparently use an electric motor, that is sandwiched between the engine and transmission, to give the vehicle (or vehicles) an electric-only range of approximately 25-30 km (16-19 miles).

In related news, Dürheimer said, "The design process [for the brand's crossover] is already quite advanced" despite the fact that the model hasn't been approved for production. He added the crossover will be relatively large with a "lot of space in the back."

Source: Car & Driver

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Comments (6)

 schizo schizo
Diesel Bentley...noo... Not having any diesel engines is one of the biggest separator of the Bentley from the S-Class. Diesel engines are great...but it doesn't have a place in a luxo-cruiser.
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January 16, 2012 11:32 pm
 mongo mongo
He added the crossover will be relatively large with a "lot of space in the back." It looks like it will be based on the 2nd generation Audi Q7.
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January 16, 2012 3:39 pm
 Swifty Swifty
the best eco solution is a V12 TDI in all Bentley cars if possible....the lowest fuel consumption with full internal combustion power and torque no batteries and electrcity crap and all that uneccessary luggage named electromotors....plus you have a classic engine-drivetrain connection not some hybrid programs to decide!!! if not all petrol than at least diesel....electric cars are for smaller VW's!!!
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January 16, 2012 2:31 pm