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."