Bentley revealed the new EXP 9 F Concept, its first SUV, at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. First of all, we have to admit that the concept looks weird… if the rear end resembles the 2012 Range Rover Vogue, the front end is inspired by the Mulsanne flagship sedan.
We admit that Bentley designers tried to design a classic SUV but the front end looks unusual and we hope that the concept will not have the same faith as the Aston Martin Lagonda SUV Concept. As expected, the Bentley EXP 9 F is powered by the W12 6.0-liter engine delivering around 600 hp and 800 Nm of torque but the British manufacturer considers using the company’s recently-launched 4.0 litre, twin-turbocharged V8 or a hybrid drivetrain. Both engines will be mated to an 8-speed transmission.
As you can see from the photos, the designers were inspired by the famous Blower Bentleys. As a result, the day-time running lamp apertures also act as the charge cooler air intakes for the twin-turbo W12 engine, each with a dramatic, mesh-covered turbine fan design and ‘rifled’ inner surface finish. The same turbine theme is found on the 23-inch alloy wheels. The rear lights are inspired by the forms and details of fighter jet engines, uniquely designed so that they glow from within, spreading their light outwards.
The interior resembles the Bentley quality and features handcrafted elements such as wood, leather and polished metals such as aluminium, bronze and gunmetal.
The luxurious silk wool floormats are reversible – with one side finished in durable, ribbed saddle leather for use when the driver and passengers are dressed for the great outdoors. Moreover, the flowing roof design with a panoramic glass panel is inspired by the roll cages of rally cars, expressing both strength and lightness. Regarding the the two-piece tailgate, this can be used as a viewing bench or picnic table. Bespoke picnic hampers are stowed neatly to either side of the loadspace when not in use, but are located on rails for easy access.