Bentley revealed the all wheel drive EXP 9 F luxury Sports Utility Vehicle concept at the Geneva Motor Show. Unmistakably a Bentley but a Bentley like none before it, the EXP 9 F could herald a third Bentley model-line alongside the bespoke Mulsanne and the high performance Continental GT, GTC and Flying Spur.
The exterior is a bold, dynamic statement, combining clean, muscular surfaces with signature character lines, while retaining the qualities of luxury and power. There are key Bentley features such as the matrix grille and round lamps together with stunning 23 inch alloy wheels that feature multiple spokes reminiscent of the shape of turbine fan blades while the centrally mounted wheel nut is a visual reference both to Bentley’s Le Mans racers of the 1920s with centre-lock spinner and to the single nut found on the modern-day Speed 8’s high-tech racing alloys.
The interior of the EXP 9 F boasts the traditional handcrafted elements such as wood, leather and polished metals such as aluminium, bronze and gunmetal. Soft-touch leather contrasts with highly durable surfaces with the concept car design experimenting with the use of saddle leather for the seat backs, top roll and loadspace while analogue bezels and dials are paired with TFT ‘virtual’ instrumentation.
Customer and public reaction will be analysed following the unveiling of EXP 9 F at Geneva 2012, with the aim of refining the concept further. Above all, Bentley will be listening carefully to the reaction of customers and potential customers throughout the world, prior to making any definitive commitment to production.