It’s no news that some British-design concept cars have made a splash at Geneva. It seems that the one standing out the most is the EXP 9 F SUV concept coming from Bentley. This showcar has created some controversy as some find it as being actually great whereas others were unpleasantly surprised.
Bentley says that the SUV concept is nothing else but a “bold reinterpretation of Bentley design cues in a spacious, versatile and high performance SUV”. Featuring a 6.0-litre, twin-turbo, twelve-cylinder petrol engine and coming with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the EXP 9 F SUV is said to be the fastest off-roader in the world. In matters of power, Bentley said that the car could get up to 600 bhp.
Inside the car, we find the classic Bentley luxury we’ve been accustomed to. The 3D sat-nav, the heating functions as well as the entertainment can be controlled using the central touchscreen located in the front of the car.
The Bentley luxury has been kept through the leather and polished metals and if you think that this makes the car inappropriate for off-road, then you haven’t heard all about Bentley’s SUV. The Crewe based firm has taken into account the conditions that off-road involves. Thus, you can turn over the silk wool floormats and you’ll get ribbed saddle leather floormats that are just perfect for muddy boots.
The in-car screens as well as the online access via a tablet device make the whole experience a luxurious and pleasant one.
Owners of a Bentley EXP 9 F SUV will have the possibility to choose between three driving modes, that is: Sport, Off-Road and Comfort. Though the car comes with a new bodystyle, we still find some of Bentley’s styling cues like the round headlamps and the matrix grille. The car features 23 inch alloy wheels with multiple spokes and a sporty profile.
The good news for those who are not happy with the current design of the car is that Bentley has said that the team will take into account the reaction of potential customers and eventually refine the concept before making any “definitive commitment to production.” If the car does enter production, it will cost around £150,000. Check the video below to see more about Bentley’s SUV concept.