GENEVA 2012: BENTLEY EXP 9 F
Long-awaited Bentley SUV finally emerges, most Geneva showgoers wish it hadn't
If you can divide Bentleys into new money and old money there's little doubt which side this one sits on, 'traditional' saddle leather interior or no. And it's no secret which parts of the world the EXP 9 F is pointing its mesh-grilled snout at.
You'd expect a bit of opulence inside of course, Bentley taking things a step towards decadence with reversible floormats that use carpet on one side and saddle leather on the other, depending on whether you're pounding city streets or hanging in what it describes as the great outdoors. If you're doing the latter there's a hat-tip to Range Rover with a drop-down tailgate that doubles as a bench or picnic table as required.
"Customer and public reaction will be analysed following the unveiling of EXP 9 F," says Bentley. This with "the aim of refining the concept further."
So let 'em have it.