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Mike Stevens | Apr, 10 2014 | 1 Comment

Bentley isn’t ready to reveal its new SUV, but the British ultra-luxury marque is only too happy to offer a look at one of its powertrains.

Bound for this month’s Beijing Auto Show, one of the big SUV’s key drive systems - a new petrol-electric hybrid package - will make its first appearance. In a Mulsanne.

The Mulsanne Hybrid concept will pair Bentley’s 6.75 litre V8 engine with an electric motor, but, for now, the company is giving away little else on the technology.

Bentley does claim however that the system will offer a whopping 25 percent power boost over the regular V8 setup, which should amount to around 470kW.

More, the company says its hybrid system will reduce CO2 emissions by an equally impressive 70 percent.

And while much of the hybrid SUV’s driving will be through a combined petrol-electric push, an electric-only mode will be offered, boasting around 50km of driving range.

For now, the company has confirmed the system will appear in its new SUV by 2017 - around one year after the car’s market launch.

But if the new powertrain’s Beijing debut - and comments from Bentley chairman Wolfgang Schreiber - is any hint, we can likely expect the technology to appear in other models sometime after the SUV.

"There is no doubt that plug-in hybrid technology is true to Bentley's values of outstanding luxury and effortless performance," Schreiber said in a statement.

"By the end of the decade, at least 90% of our production will be available as a plug-in hybrid."

MORE: Bentley Teases New SUV, 2016 Launch Confirmed

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