Tuesday, 6 March 2012


For the first time in its history, Bentley is seriously considering producing an SUV 4x4 vehicle, one that will look quite similar to these pictures. The Volkswagen brand has unveiled this thing called EXP 9 F at the 2012 Geneva International Motor Show. But frankly to us it looks like a Range Rover Sport, especially at the back. Bentley designers should really have thought this one through.

Stepping off the looks for a moment, this is still a Bentley in the sense that it features some of the most opulent luxury found on any car, let alone an SUV. The Range Rover Vogue finally has some real competition in that department.

The cabin for instance, has hand-crafted pieces like wood and leather veneers, as well as aluminium, bronze and gunmetal. It’s a real traditional British car this. At the same time you’ll find connection points for modern gadgets like iPods, while the rear seats can be specified to include a fold-down typing keyboard or drinks table with infotainment screens for the passengers.

The EXP 9 F Concept boasts the company W12 6.0-litre twin turbo engine with about 450kW and 800Nm of torque. However, the smaller VW Group 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 producing around 380kW, can also be fitted. We also see Hybrids and diesels playing major roles. Bentley, without committing to any official figure, says the W12 could possibly set the sprinting and top speed benchmark for SUVs.

“A Bentley Grand Tourer doesn't necessarily have to be a coupĂ©, a convertible or a saloon - it could equally well be an SUV. What's important is that it should be true to Bentley's brand values and in line with the desires and needs of our customers,” said Alasdair Stewart, Member of the Board, Sales and Marketing.

The biggest markets for the car if and when it goes on sale in a few years’ time would be the usual suspects, such as China, the US and Russia.

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