The Bentley Bentayga debuted last month at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show (2015 IAA) exclusively with a 6-litre TSI twin-turbocharged W12 petrol unit that produces 608 PS (600 bhp/447 kW) and 900 Nm (664 lb.ft.) of torque. The lack of a diesel engine could mean losing some potential customers and the company is working on a solution.
Bentley will offer an e-turbo diesel engine in the Bentayga in a year or two, suggests a report from Automotive News. The e-turbo diesel engine will debut in an Audi model next year, probably the so-said performance variant of the Audi Q7 – SQ7. The usage of e-turbo technology in the diesel engine was confirmed to the publication by an engineer at the Gaydon-based luxury automaker.
Speaking to the publication at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show (2015 IAA) last month Peter Guest, Product Line Director at Bentley confirmed that prototype testing of the diesel Bentayga is already underway. The electric turbocharging technology is aimed at eliminating lag at low engine speeds, after which the exhaust turbochargers take up the work.
There’s no specific timeline available as to when the diesel Bentayga will go on sale just yet. But if an Audi model is getting the new engine next year, a diesel Bentayga with that engine shouldn’t be years away.
[Source: Automotive News]