Billing itself as the world’s first luxury plug-in hybrid, the 2019 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Bentley said the new PHEV is the first step towards electrification of its range of luxury vehicles. The Bentayga Hybrid can go up to 31 miles in pure EV range, can recharge its battery in 2.5 hours and teams the electric motor with a V6 engine.

“The Bentayga Hybrid is our first step on the road to electrification, combining traditional Bentley values with the very latest technologies,” said Adrian Hallmark, chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors. “It gives customers the best of both worlds—engaging and effortless performance on the open road and silent, emission-free driving in the city, which will become increasingly important with ever-changing regulations around the world.”

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Bentley said it will begin taking orders for the vehicle in the second half of 2018 and has yet to announce pricing on the vehicle.

All-new powertrain

At the heart of the 2019 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid is a new 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine mated to an electric motor that serves as a generator in addition to powering the vehicle down the road. Bentley did not release any technical specifications as to the size of the motor, the battery pack, the system’s output or performance figures for the luxury SUV.

Bentley did say the Bentayga Hybrid will retain its permanent all-wheel drive capability, along with four driving modes: Sport, Bentley, Comfort and Custom. In addition, the vehicle will be equipped with a switch for three E Modes, EV Drive, Hybrid Mode and Hold Mode, the latter being used to keep battery power in reserve so that the vehicle can be operated in emission-free EV mode at its destination city.

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The 2.5-hour recharge time is for a Level 2 charger, while a standard outlet will take about 7 hours to replenish the battery pack. Bentley has worked with designer Phillipe Starck to create a home charging station for the Bentayga Hybrid customers. It’s called the Bentley by Starck Power Dock. The auto maker says the unit “brings a luxurious touch to the act of hybrid recharging, acting as a functional piece of art that will enhance any home.”

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