The Bentayga is not only Bentley’s first ever SUV in the company’s prolific history but it will also be the first model from the Crewe-based automaker to be offered with a turbodiesel engine. We’ve known this for quite some time but now a lead engineer at the company has announced this version will benefit from e-turbo technology sourced from a yet unreleased high performance version of the second-gen Q7.
He refused to provide more information, but it’s a known fact that hotter Q7 he was referring to is none other than the SQ7 which according to the latest reports is bound to use a V8 TDI 4.0-liter engine equipped with an e-turbo system that will not only increase power, but it will also lower fuel consumption and improve performances taking into account the turbo lag will be significantly decreased which means there’s going to be more power available in the lower rpm range.
Speaking of power, the aforementioned Audi SQ7 which is due next year will have approximately 435 bhp while the torque number remains a mystery at this point, but it’s probably somewhere in the region of 1,000 Nm. This doesn’t necessarily mean the Bentley Bentayga diesel will have the exact same power as the Volkswagen Group might decide to differentiate the two and make the version from Crewe more powerful compared to the high-riding model from Ingolstadt taking into account it will be a lot more expensive.
It’s not known at this point when the diesel Bentley will be out, but until then customers can get it with a beefy twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12 gasoline engine pushing out a massive 608 bhp and 900 Nm of torque. We remind you there’s also going to be a plug-in hybrid version which is due to come out sometime in 2017, representing the first time Bentley will offer a hybrid model.
Source: Automotive News Europe.