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Bentley Debuts EXP 9 F (SUV) Concept in Geneva

The problem with having such a large family is that there's always that one relative who's a little "off." The result of inbreeding in the Volkswagen/Audi/Bentley/Porsche/Lambo clan? Bentley's new SUV, based on familial architecture, called the EXP 9 F.

The EXP 9 F attempts to apply Bentley design cues to the corporate mid-size SUV template, with predictable outcome. The front features large round lights, high fenders and a flat hood, while at the rear the sheet metal has been puffed out in a display of power and confidence befitting, well, a Bentley SUV. It all sits on 23-inch turbine-blade wheels finished in, you guessed it, chrome. It makes a statement.
Inside, the design is mixture of classic Bentley design (a wide, flat wood-veneer fascia interrupted almost exclusively by large chrome vents) and over-the-top "bespoke" details like diamond-stitched hides on the outer sections of the seats and reversible leather/silk floor mats.
The best feature of the EXP 9 F is certainly not the name, but perhaps the best tailgate in the history of tailgating. The exceptionally wide lower half opens to reveal not just a single-level seating arrangement, but elevated platforms on which to rest, oh, lets's just say the drinks you poured from the built-in bar/picnic pantry in the "precious cargo" area.

It's almost certain the concept will see production, including the 6.0-liter W12 engine under the hood. Let's hope the name changes but the bar remains the same.