Bentley has unveiled the Mulsanne Hybrid Concept – a technology showcase that previews Bentley’s first plug-in hybrid model, set to be a dedicated version of the all-new SUV available in 2017.
“By the end of the decade, at least 90% of our production will be available as a plug-in hybrid,” said Bentley boss Dr Wolfgang Schreiber.
Bentley claims the plug-in hybrid system will offer a power increase of up to 25% together with a 70% reduction in CO2 emissions. For emissions-free city driving, Bentley hybrids will also be capable of driving at least 50 km on electric power alone.
Styling-wise, Bentley designers say they have used copper as an exterior and interior styling element to highlight the car’s electrical veins, including copper details to the headlamps, radiator shell bezel, brake calipers, feature line details and badges. Copper accents continue in the cabin, with inserts to the veneers fascias, switch bezels and instruments. Copper cross‑stitching to the diamond-quilted interior provides the finishing flourish.
The Hybrid Concept will make its official public debut at the Beijing motor show in just under two weeks’ time.
Alongside the Hybrid Concept, Bentley’s new Flying Spur V8, Continental GT Speed and GT V8 S will also be making their Far East debuts.