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Beijing LIVE: Bentley Hybrid Concept

by Ronan Glon

The Hybrid Concept is based on the Mulsanne.

Bentley has traveled to Beijing to show off a gasoline-electric concept car based on the Mulsanne sedan. The behemoth is appropriately dubbed Hybrid Concept.

Bentley is being secretive about what lies under the Hybrid Concept's long hood but promises the car boasts 25-percent more power than its gas-only counterpart while emitting up to 70 percent less CO2. The sedan can travel on electricity alone for up to 31 miles.

Drivetrain aside, the Hybrid Concept differs from a stock Mulsanne thanks to copper accents on the grille, the headlights, the calipers and the alloy wheels' center caps. Additional copper trim is found on the dashboard and the center console as well as in the instrument cluster.

Bentley believes plug-in hybrids will enable it to comply with the strict emissions regulations that will come into effect across Europe and the United States in the coming years.

"There is no doubt that plug-in hybrid technology is true to Bentley's values of outstanding luxury and effortless performance," explained company chairman Wolfgang Schreiber in a statement. "By the end of the decade, at least 90% of our production will be available as a plug-in hybrid.”

What's Next?The upcoming will be the first regular-production Bentley to use a hybrid drivetrain. Technical details are still scarce, but Bentley has confirmed the gas-electric SUV is slated to hit the market in 2017.

Live images by Ronan Glon.

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