March of this year at the Geneva Auto Show, Bentley rolled out a concept of it’s first SUV the EXP 9 F. It was not warmly received, Bentley itself admitted that the design was a little “heavy handed”. The SUV went through a redesign to tone down the overall look. You can judge it for yourself.
The British automotive brand has been handcrafting high-class rides in England since 1919, and while the silhouettes have certainly evolved over the last century, driving–or being driven in–any one of their models around town is still the ultimate status symbol.
Bentley explain thats its their experience with the all wheel drive Continental range which makes the concept of a Bentley SUV a natural progression. The EXP 9 F is also based on the same platform used in the other Volkswagen Group large SUVs including the next Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg.
The EXP 9 F is powered by a re-engineered version of the existing 6.0-litre petrol W12 engine but will also be available with a V8 diesel engine or a V6-based plug-in hybrid powertrain.
It’s doubtful anyone with enough cash to purchase one of these would actually take it anywhere remotely “sporting,” but most SUVs on the road today likely spend their time shuttling around cities in stop-and-go traffic, not traversing the wilds.
Expect to a Bentley SUV prowling your streets in about 3 years. Plenty of time to start saving…