If you're like Bentley's product development department, you're probably thinking, "Hey, it worked for Porsche with the Cayenne, and what's good for the goose of the VW group is surely good for the gander! Perhaps a new SUV model can give the stodgy old Bentley brand a much-needed shot in the arm."
The EXP 9 F awkwardly stretches styling cues cribbed from the Bentley Mulsanne and Continental over what I wouldn't be surprised to find is the same platform that underpins almost every VW-group large SUV, including the VW Touareg, the Audi Q7, and the Porsche Cayenne. (Of course, Bentley doesn't state this in its release, so I may be wrong, but I doubt it.)
Fender vents integrate Bentley's Flying B icon in their design, forming what I think is the coolest element of the EXP 9 F's hodgepodge of design cues. I'm no fan of ornamental fender vents, but I'd definitely like to see Bentley keep using this bit.
Where the front end was dominated by circles and a turbine theme, the rear end is populated with ovals and squares. To be fair, the EXP 9 F's rear end doesn't look bad, it just looks out of place when compared with the front end.
Fortunately, the interior is adorned with the rich leathers and woods that we've come to expect from Bentley vehicles. If there were a place to stick to the tried-and-true Bentley script, the cabin was it.
The driver is treated to a fully integrated infotainment system. However, rear-seat entertainment and a sweeping glass roof work together to make the back seat of the EXP 9 F the preferred traveling location.
You'll notice that we've made no mention of the Bentley EXP 9 F's power train and that's because the 6-liter twin turbo W-12 engine that motivates the SUV is the very same mill that's been motivating Continental GTs since about 2003. At least the eight-speed automatic gearbox is newer; it debuted on the 2011 Continental GT.