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Bentley to unveil Hybrid Concept at Beijing auto show (pictures)

Bentley released photos and a few details of its Hybrid Concept ahead of the Beijing auto show later this month.

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Bentley, known for luxury cars rivaling those from Rolls-Royce, debuts a plug-in hybrid concept at the Beijing International Automobile Exhibition.

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The Hybrid Concept is based on the flagship Mulsanne model.

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The stock Mulsanne weighs close to three tons.

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It appears Bentley kept the Mulsanne's 6.75-liter twin turbo V-8 engine, and added the hybrid system.

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The Hybrid Concept includes the ability to charge its batteries from the grid, and can travel up to 31 miles on electricity alone.

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Along with Hybrid badges, Bentley fits the Hybrid Concept with copper colored accents to call out the electric drivetrain.

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Given its hybrid drivetrain, the Hybrid Concept likely uses regenerative braking.

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These headlights look like LEDs, a touch that would make sense for the Hybrid Concept.

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The interior appears to lack none of the wood, metal, and leather included in production Bentley coachwork.

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A drive mode dial on the console includes a setting marked E Drive.

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As in other hybrid cars, the tachometer gets replaced with a power gauge.

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An electric charge gauge joins the fuel gauge next to the clock.

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Another hybrid badge in the car reminds the driver of the car's drivetrain.

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