Bentley does not offer diesel engine on its current product line-up. So far, the luxury automaker has refrained from offering diesel-powered cars saying that the demand for diesel-powered Bentleys is not high enough to consider their development feasible. However, this was back in 2008 and at the time when the product range included only saloons, convertibles and supercars.
In the current global market situation, selling an crossover without diesel engine is a limit to success. Adhering to this fact, the British automaker has decided to offer a diesel engine on Bentayga crossover, reveals a report by Automotive News Europe. Another conventional engine to be offered on the crossover will be a new turbocharged V8 petrol engine.
The brand’s first crossover will also be its first car to be offered with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. The company debuted its first plug-in hybrid system on the Hybrid Concept which was based on the Mulsanne, at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show and said that this powertrain is 25% more powerful and emits 70% lesser CO2 (presumably compared to a conventional petrol powertrain). The plug-in hybrid powertrain has not made it to the Mulsanne or any other Bentley yet, as it is understood to be planned for the Bentayga crossover.
The “sector-defining” crossover will debut later this year, most likely at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and go on sale in 2016.
Source: Automotive News Europe