GENEVA — British ultra-luxury automaker Bentley has unveiled its first SUV design at the Geneva International Salon d’Auto. The EXP 9 F concept would be the first SUV in the automaker’s lineup alongside the Mulsanne, Continental GT, GTC and Flying Spur. The EXP 9 F has four seats with an option to sit a fifth passenger in the middle of the two rear seats.
The interior of the vehicle offers a design blending luxury and utility. Rear seat passengers can opt for a business mode layout, which offers generous legroom, a fold-down keyboard and full internet connectivity via an iPad or tablet. Passengers also have the option to sit in a more reclined position with powered footrest, drinks able and an infotainment screen for movies.
When the rear seats are not in use, they can be powered forward to create a larger load space for sports equipment or luggage. Seats feature a diamond-quilted “shoulder line” in soft-touch leather to echo the traditional appearance of a British filed sport jacket.
The EXP 9 F features a touchscreen that places key driver information such as 3D navigation directly in the driver’s line of site. Controls that are shared between driver and front seat passenger, such as cabin temperature, air vents and entertainment are presented in the central touchscreen and console.
Bentley’s SUV concept offers three driving modes: Comfort, Sport and Off-Road. It’s based around the Bentley 6.0 liter, twin-turbocharged W12 engine with an 8-speed transmissions, but the company’s recently launched 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 and or hybrid drivetrain could meet the performance requirements of a luxury SUV.
The W12, 6.0 liter powertrain could develop 600 bhp and 800 Nm.
"We are very excited by the potential of a high performance, ultra-luxury Bentley SUV,” Wolfgang Dürheimer, Chairman and Chief Executive, Bentley Motors. “We know that many Bentley customers already own SUVs, admiring their style, luxury, performance and versatility. With EXP 9 F, Bentley is making a clear statement of intent that we have both the expertise and desire to meet and exceed their expectations."
Source: Bentley Motors