Like every other automaker, Bentley has decided it's time to build an SUV. Designed to be a beauty both on and off-road, the Bentley EXP 9 F is an all-wheel drive luxury SUV concept that offers all of the company's hand-crafted detailing and high performance get-go. Powered be a 6.0 liter, twin-turbocharged W12 engine, the Bentley SUV features a spacious wood-leather-metal interior with "commanding driving position" and a host of rich people niceties, including a panoramic glass panel roof design, touchscreen interfaces, 3D navigation, and a rear seat business mode with fold-down keyboard and internet connectivity, powered footrest and infotainment movie screen. Of course, you can't overlook the cooled compartment for champagne and glasses under the rear armrest, which you will enjoy on the two-piece tailgate which doubles as a picnic table. Bentley says this is more than a publicity stunt, telling us there's strong potential for the EXP 9 F to become the third Bentley model-line alongside the Mulsanne and Continental ranges.
It's not too often we get to say this, but if they don't build this, they're crazy. The Acura NSX Concept ($TBA) revives one of the world's best-known supercar monikers in style, with a rear-mounted V6 powerplant that's helped along by an electric motor, all-wheel-drive, the ability to apply positive or negative torque to the front wheels during cornering, a dual-clutch transmission, and lust-worthy looks. Oh, and about that "crazy" bit — the production version should arrive in within the next three years, and if that wasn't enough, they're building it in Uncrate's home state of OH.
There are few more conceptually fitting pairings that make more sense than the peace-loving VW Bug and an eco-friendly all-electric drivetrain, so it's no surprise that the Volkswagen E-Bugster Concept ($TBA) is pretty much exactly that. This slightly-reworked current-gen Beetle features a 114hp electric motor, a lithium-ion battery good for 100 miles of range, LED daytime running lights and graphics, 20-inch wheels, and — surprisingly — a rather reasonable interior layout.
With the Detroit Auto Show kicking off today, expect a menu of concept cars this week. The rear-wheel drive Chevrolet Code 130R Concept ($TBA) combines strong looks (the company calls it "heritage performance-inspired styling") with MPG-friendly turbocharged performance. The 4-seat coupe, which sports an aggressive front fascia and fender flares, is powered by a 1.4L Turbo Ecotec engine that's good for 150 horsepower and 40 MPG. The Code 130R also offers matte anodized gold wheels, WiFi,and smartphone integration.