Automotive News reports Bentley is staying the course with the company's EXP 9 F SUV Concept. The ultra-luxury automaker plans to bring the vehicle to the Beijing Motor Show exactly as it appeared at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month, despite the fact that the concept didn't exactly debut to resounding acclaim. Critics described the design as awkward and unbecoming of nameplate like Bentley, but the automaker says it wants to vet the design in as many markets as possible before finalizing the exterior. Here's hoping the crowds in China are as repulsed as those in Switzerland.

The EXP 9 F has already been green-lit for production, and while we have no qualm with the thought of a high-riding luxury brute with a twin-turbo 12-cylinder engine under the hood, we'd like to see something a little less muddled outside. Bentley says an SUV will give the company a leg up in markets like the Middle East and China, where luxury SUVs remain king. Through the first two months of this year, the company's sales are up 66 percent in China, putting the country ahead of the United States as the largest market for Bentley products.


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      jasdroe
      • 2 Years Ago
      What an extraordinarily unattractive machine.
      Ejvind Andersen
      • 2 Years Ago
      Please make it go away...
      sdanenberger4
      • 2 Years Ago
      That is the UGLIEST Bentley EVER built!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        StegRacing@youtube
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sdanenberger4
        Close, look up Sultan of Brunei's Bentleys. He has some nice, and some truly fugly one off's.
      Gene Yuss
      • 2 Years Ago
      Rest assured, the Chinese won't care how ugly it is, because it's more about the status symbol than the design and Bentley knows this. Bentley will be relieved that they don't have to redesign it, will focus their efforts there and the Middle East, and the U.S. won't miss it--save for the usual Hollywood/Sports Elite/Hip Hop suspects.
      Masschine
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks like something out of the cold-war Soviet Union
      handwritinglol
      • 2 Years Ago
      needs a GT wing
      ak47
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hideous. They really should have incorporated the styling on the Continental coupe like I've seen in other Bentley SUV renderings...this is a mistake.
      StegRacing@youtube
      • 2 Years Ago
      I still say they should have another, longer look at the Bentley Dominator SUV they made in the 90's. Much more cohesive.
      That Mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like the luxury version of the british black taxi.
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      dukeisduke
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'll bet the Chinese like it, and will want a long wheelbase version.
      Thew Swihart
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like it. It's true to the Bentley form, kinda tough looking (rare these days), and has good lines. Had I the disposable income, I'd order one.
        IBx27
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Thew Swihart
        Then you'd be in a very exclusive crowd of one.
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