Mike Stevens | Nov 23, 2012

The 'F' in Bentley's EXP 9 F concept could stand for Falcon, according to new reports overseas this week.

The big SUV, unveiled to a less than rapturous response at this year's Geneva Motor Show, is expected to benefit from a major redesign before it launches into showrooms.

Now, according to Automobile magazine, insiders have confirmed the wagon will be known as the Falcon when it takes a second bow in the coming months.

The so-called Falcon will reportedly pick up a makeover at the hands of new Bentley design boss Luc Donckerwolke, previously responsible for the Lamborghini Murcielago and Gallardo supercars.

Reports of a restyle emerged soon after the EXP 9 F made its debut at Geneva, with criticism levelled at the concept’s clockface headlights and chiselled surface treatment.

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Bentley spokesperson Martin Broomer said recently that the EXP 9 F remains a concept for now, and that its styling did not necessarily represent that of a production car.

The new SUV is expected to get a green light before the year’s end, with production not likely before 2015.

According to industry paper Automotive News, Bentley boss Wolfgang Duerheimer has confirmed a goal of 3000 annual sales of the production model.

He said that the EXP 9 F is likely to begin at around 160,000 euros, making it the most expensive series-production SUV on the market.

In concept form, Bentley's SUV is powered by the carmaker's 6.0 litre W12 engine, but production versions are likely to include this engine and the smaller 4.0 litre V8 available with the Continental GT coupe.

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