GENEVA – Bentley has revealed an SUV concept at the Geneva auto show, saying it could become the brand's third model line.
The all-wheel-drive EXP 9 F prototype is powered by the Volkswagen Group subsidiary's 6.0-liter, W-12 gasoline engine, but Bentley said that it was also considering hybrid power for the first time.
"We know that Bentley customers already own SUVs. With the 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," Bentley CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer said in a statement.
When asked earlier this year about Bentley's expansion plans beyond the Continental and Mulsanne model lines, Duerheimer told Automotive News Europe: "The cornerstone of our strategy is the broadening of our product portfolio with an SUV."
As well as the trademark matrix grille and round headlights, the concept includes details such as central wheel nuts for the 23-inch alloy wheels, harking back to 1920s Bentley Le Mans racecars.