Almost a year ago, Bentley rolled into Geneva with the EXP 9, a bathtub of an SUV concept that represented the marque’s first foray into the consumer truck game. So with Geneva Auto Show rapidly approaching this year, we expected to see a more fleshed-out concept of the EXP 9, or perhaps even a production unveiling.
No dice, says Bentley Chief of Design Luc Donckerwolke. The Volkswagen Group executive has put the kibosh on the SUV, sending designer Sang Yup Lee & co. back to the drawing board with the command to create a sportier, more contemporary interpretation of a 4×4 than the boxy, though elegant, EXP 9. He’s also looking for a reinvention of Bentley’s Continental GT, which despite the brand’s luxurious pedigree, is often appropriated by buyers with far different tastes.
Stay tuned to our Bentley coverage for more on when and where you can expect its next SUV concept.
via Car & Driver