EXP 9 F Concept could become Bentley’s third model lineup

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 9, 2012

The SUV concept -- the all-wheel-drive EXP 9 F prototype -- that Bentley brought to the 2012 Geneva Auto Show could be in its third model lineup. What powers it is the 6.0-liter, W-12 gasoline engine that comes from the Volkswagen Group subsidiary.

However, Bentley is thinking about offering hybrid power for the first time. He explained that since many Bentley customers already own SUVs, he said that Bentley has the expertise and the motivation to reach targets. In a statement, Bentley CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer said that with the EXP 9 F, Bentley is making a “clear statement of intent” to meet expectations.

In an interview with Automotive News Europe, Duerheimer said that Bentley’s strategy is centered on widening its product portfolio by adding an SUV. He added that the concept features the trademark matrix grille and round headlights. It also gets details such as the central wheel nuts for the 23-inch alloy wheels, reminiscent of the Bentley Le Mans racecars in the 1920s. The cabin materials used for the vehicle ange from wood to gunmetal combine "luxury with utility." It has as 4+1 eating.

It has reclining rear seats and its seats slid forward to offer more trunk space. The lower half of the split tailgate is designed as an impromptu picnic bench. Two hampers slide out on rails while an awning offers weather protection.

Earlier this year, Duerheimer old Automotive News Europe that sales of a Bentley SUV could hit the 25,00-mark with a total of 25,0000 in total. It has "conservative" annual predictions of 3,500 to 5,000. He estimated the car could be on sale within three years. The high emand for SUVs in China is behind the creation of superluxury crossovers.

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