A lead engineer at Bentley has announced the diesel Bentayga will employ e-turbo technology.

We’ve known for quite some time that Bentley has plans on offering a turbodiesel engine for the first time and the model which will get it is the Bentayga, the company’s first ever SUV. Now, a lead engineer at the Crewe-based automaker has revealed the engine in question will use an electric-driven turbocharger which will make its debut in a high performance version of the second-gen Audi Q7.

He didn’t go into any other details, but clearly he was referring to the SQ7 due next year which according to a purported spec sheet is set to use a 4.0-liter V8 TDI engine with e-turbo and 435 PS (320 kW) output. There’s no word about the torque figure, but most likely it’s close to the 1,000 Nm (739 lb-ft) mark or even higher. We are not excluding the possibility there could be some output differences between the Audi SQ7 and the Bentley Bentayga diesel. Aside from providing monstrous torque, the new technology will lower fuel consumption and reduce turbo lag, thus boosting performance of both large SUVs.

It’s not known at this point when the turbodiesel engine will join the range or if it will be sold in United States, but until then customers can get the Bentayga with the newly developed W12 6.0-liter twin-turbo gasoline engine rated at 608 PS (447 kW) and 900 Nm (663 lb-ft). A plug-in hybrid version has already been confirmed to join the range sometime in 2017.

Source: Automotive News Europe

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