Bespoke

One-off Bentley Bentayga Hybrid goes all the way green

Bentley Mullinder, the bespoke arm of the company, has customized a Bentayga Hybrid for a customer from China.

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It may not be easy being green, but it sure looks good. Bentley's bespoke division, Bentley Mulliner, has created a one-off Bentayga Hybrid for a well-off customer from China. The entire vehicle's color scheme was inspired by the color green, the Chinese color of purity, regeneration, harmony, and growth. The shades of green chosen by the customer were inspired by the British countryside in the Lake District.

The exterior of the Bentayga Hybrid is finished in Viridian, a dark emerald hue from the Mulliner Extended paint range that has flecks of amber and gold in its formula. There are light green and blue undertones that are designed to give the paint a sense of depth.

It wears bright-machined 22-inch Mulliner Driving Specification Wheels, each of which has the centre pockets of every spoke painted in matching Viridian.

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The bespoke interior includes Cumbrian Green hide, matching piano veneer, and contrasting stitching highlighting the hand craftsmanship throughout the cabin. The shade Cumbrian Green is a modernization and refreshment of the Spruce Green interior fo the past.

A bespoke passenger fascia includes a silver metal overlay with a geometric diamond design that is reminiscent of the EXP 100 GT concept car.

White accents abound in the model. There is contrast carpet binding and contrasting hand stitching on the seats. Over 100 meters of bright white cross-stitched thread features on the interior of the doors, seat backs, and in the piano Cumbrian Green veneer via a unique overlay. The process of hand cross-stitching a Bentayga cabin takes one craftsperson 44 hours to complete.

Luxury features include an illuminated Mulliner treadplate, fully-integrated drinks cooler with frosted glass and soft close door, and bespoke Cumbria Crystal flutes.

Bentley just launched the Bentayga Hybrid, part of the company's longer term Beyond100 strategy that focused on zero emissions and hybrid powertrains.

Bentley is shipping the car off to be displayed at the Shanghai Motor Show later this month.

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New electric luxury vehicles

Three new Mercedes-Benz EVs we can't wait to see

Mercedes showed off its electric future at the 2021 IAA Mobility show in Germany.

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Mercedes-Benz is going electric, and though it only recently announced its firm plans to do so, it already seems that the German automaker is moving quickly toward that goal. At the 2021 IAA Mobility show in Munich, Mercedes showed off some of its upcoming electrified products. We've seen the EQS, a flagship electric sedan, but three newcomers made an appearance at the show.


Mercedes-Benz EQB EQB will be Mercedes' electric family SUV.Mercedes-Benz


EQB

EQB is the brand's family-sized SUV, offering seating for up to seven people. A long wheelbase of 111.3 inches and adjustable second-row seating allows more interior space for people and gear. Mercedes says the EQB will offer two powertrain configurations: The EQB 300 4MATIC will get 225 horsepower and the EQB 350 4MATIC will sport 288 horsepower. A front-wheel drive configuration will go on sale later and a long-range model will follow.


Mercedes-Benz Concept EQG The EQG will eventually become the brand's electric off-roader.Mercedes-Benz


EQG

Concept EQG is a preview of the eventual electrification of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, its boxy, upper-crust off-roader. This concept is far closer to a design exercise than something we'll actually see in production, but it's an interesting demonstration, nonetheless. With 22-inch wheels, wild exterior lighting touches, and what the automaker says will be legendary off-road abilities, the EQG will be an exciting vehicle when it does make an appearance.


Mercedes-Benz EQE EQE will follow the EQS as a smaller, sportier electric sedan in 2022.Mercedes-Benz


EQE

EQE is the second car to use Mercedes' EVA2 electric architecture, following the EQS sedan. The car is currently scheduled for a staggered release in mid-2022 and will feature a more compact and sportier design than its predecessor. Mercedes says that the car will be available with either 19- or 21-inch wheels, and notes that its size is comparable to the current CLS coupe-sedan. The car offers an impressive range of up to 410 miles on a single charge from its 90kWh battery and special charging capabilities through the Mercedes me Charge network.

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The Roadster's specs are impressive, to say the least.

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Elon Musk took to a stage in late 2017 to announce a new product, the second-generation Tesla Roadster, and the numbers were impressive, even for a guy known to casually drop massive bombshells in 160 characters or less on Twitter. He pledged a 620-mile range and a 0-60 mph time in 1.9 seconds for the car – impressive specs, to be sure. When Musk unveiled the car, production was scheduled to commence some time in 2020, but as we all now know, last year wasn't a banner year for car manufacturing. In January, he pushed that date back to 2022, but the timeline has slipped again - into 2023 at this point - and that's only if everything goes smoothly between now and then.


Tesla Roadster Supply chain issues have caused delays in the Roadster's release.Tesla


Responding to a tweet on Wednesday, Musk stated that "assuming 2022 is not mega drama, new Roadster should ship in 2023." That's a pretty big asterisk, given how things have been going over the last 18 months. It's not surprising, though, and Musk acknowledges what we've known for some time now: The global supply chain is a mess, thanks to microchip shortages and pandemic-related closures and delays. "2021 has been the year of super crazy supply chain shortages," he said, admitting that "it wouldn't matter if we had 17 new products, as none would ship." Again, it's not surprising, but it is most likely frustrating for reservation holders, who've plopped down anywhere from $50,000 to $250,000 to hold an order for the Roadster.




Tesla is far from being the only automaker to experience delays, but even if we assume that the rest of 2021 and the beginning of 2022 go smoothly, there's still a lot that can happen. All of Tesla's suppliers would have to get their ducks in a row and there can be no COVID-related production delays. That would also peg 2022 as one of the automaker's flagship years for product releases, with both the Semi and Cybertruck on the schedule. It's possible, but far from guaranteed, that all of those pieces fall into place, making Tesla's 2022 a banner year. As for the Roadster, 2023 could be the year that we're all blown away by its range and acceleration, but recent history suggests that anything can happen at any time, so we won't be holding our breath.

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