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2022 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid First Drive: Not Exactly Your Typical Hybrid

Let’s be honest: If you are passionate about saving the planet, you probably won’t drive a 5,850-pound luxury SUV. In that context, it’s easy to dismiss the 2022 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid as little more than a $190,000 exercise in greenwashing the storied British marque and its wealthy clientele. However, the Bentayga Hybrid previews a Bentley lineup that will be entirely hybridized by 2025, and fully electric by 2030.

The Hybrid is the third updated Bentayga model to appear since late 2020, joining the 542-hp V8 and the 627-hp 12-cylinder Speed. Under the hood is the same hybrid powertrain that powered the first generation Bentayga Hybrid launched in 2019. It’s a 335-hp, 332-lb-ft single-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 enhanced by a 126-hp, 258-lb-ft permanent-magnet synchronous motor mounted between the block and the eight-speed automatic transmission. Total system output is 443 hp and 516 lb-ft.

While visually identical to the V8 and Speed—a small “Hybrid” badge on the lower front doors and a charge-port flap on the left-rear quarter panel are the only exterior giveaways to what’s under the hood—the hybrid powertrain required significant changes under the skin. The Hybrid’s 17.3-kWh battery, which weighs 463 pounds, is located beneath the rear load-space floor, behind the rear axle. This means the 2022 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid is not available with the optional third-row seat. For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.

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