Guess we called this one from the outset. Looking like a Mulsanne that just ate a Continental Flying Spur for breakfast and a GT for lunch, the Bentley EXP 9 F concept was the biggest disappointment – and we mean that literally – of the Geneva Motor Show. Apparently, Bentley must have agreed with our headline, because it's working on a new design for it's first production SUV, according to Britain's What Car? magazine.

According to the report, Bentley officials have admitted that the design was "heavy handed" and have promised to tone it down, as the SUV heads toward a likely 2015 on-sale date. Potential changes include "slightly smaller" headlights, and "more traditional SUV proportions," according to the magazine's source.

We hope Bentley goes a bit further and just starts from scratch, dumping the sedan-ified SUV look entirely. If Bentley is bound and determined to sell an SUV, it should come up with something distinctive for the brand that doesn't just ape the classic look of its car line.


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      Rudukai13
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thank god. If I saw one of those on the road I'd crash into it to take it out of its misery.
        SatinSheetMetal
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rudukai13
        It's a Bentley SUV, that's like trying to take out a Semi (or lorry) with your vehicle. Odds are it has a few tons and an integrated wine set on you.
      Stinkyboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hideous
      H.E. Pennypacker
      • 3 Years Ago
      next time don't put big gaping balloon knots in the front bumper next time.
      people call me V
      • 3 Years Ago
      As a regular reader of Autoblog.com, I admit, I often disagree with your rhetoric. This is NOT one of those times! You are spot on with your take on the potential of a Bentley SUV - it SHOULD be original. More so than a badge-engineered Audi Q7. Not that the Q7 is a bad car, but if you're introducing a brand like Bentley into a whole new segment, that is dominated by badge-engineered, copycat-styled RX300 and Grand Cherokee look-alikes, you better make sure you're introducing a car that will break the contemporary boundaries and have a lasting design and engineering worthy of the name Bentley.
      JonathanBond
      • 3 Years Ago
      fugly fugly fugly. B!¢tch slap whoever make this immediately
      redgpgtp97
      • 3 Years Ago
      ew, this is ugly, ugly, ugly, did I say ugly?
      ebauer427
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good decision but they've failed to answer the most important question: why build an SUV in the first place?
        Bret Frohwein
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ebauer427
        so they can have another vehicle to have a 3 year waiting list on?
        SatinSheetMetal
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ebauer427
        SUV's = sales. It's a wonder it has taken Bentley and Masserati this long to come out with an SUV model. I think your real question is why are people buying so many SUV's?
      chirowolf
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think i just threw up in my mouth. "I have money ,but lack taste. Please get me that Bentley SUV"
      בִּנְיָמִין בִּ
      + sometimes it takes like 5 million dollars development costs to realize you ****** up.
      jface
      • 3 Years Ago
      Regardless of the news that Bentley is doing a remodel of this hideous thing. The production version would look nothing like this anyways.
      Bret Frohwein
      • 3 Years Ago
      looking at the 360 on this.. it's a mess.. it looks like the front and back were designed by different departments who never collaborated.
      Wojo
      • 3 Years Ago
      This thing has a face only a tasteless oil sheikh could love, so why bother with the redesign? That's where most of these will end up anyway.
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