During the latest Industry Pool session at the Nürburgring I have filmed the 2018 Bentley Bentayga Plug-In Hybrid testing around.

Bentley will take its first step towards electrification in 2018 with a plug-in hybrid version of its Bentayga.

Lining up alongside the 600bhp petrol powered 6.0-litre W12 model and the newer V8 diesel, it’ll add a third powertrain choice to the Bentayga’s line-up, and fire the starting pistol on Bentley’s electrification strategy. Eventually, it will donate its powertrain to the Mulsanne, Flying Spur and the next-generation Continental GT.

While on the surface the car spied here looks just like any other Bentayga, one small design detail marks it out as a hybrid model – the additional fuel cap on the left rear wing most likely hides a charging socket.

A DVLA search of the licence plate spells things out clearly though – it’s registered as a hybrid electric, using an engine 2,995cc in displacement.

As such, the Bentayga hybrid here is likely running the same six-cylinder powertrain found in the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid. However, given a brand new version of Porsche’s flagship SUV is just around the corner, it’ll be a mildly revised hybrid system and petrol engine, while unique specification and power for Bentley’s Bentayga cannot be ruled out.