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Rolls-Royce Confirms SUV Model is on the Way

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/18/2015 Alex Nishimoto
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Rolls-Royce has confirmed a new model that is "high-bodied" and "can cross any terrain." In other words, the ultra-luxury automaker is building the long-debated Rolls-Royce SUV.

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Rolls-Royce says the vehicle's development was spurred by customers who have been asking for a vehicle that meets their "highly mobile, contemporary lifestyle expectations." Exactly what that entails is unclear, but Rolls goes on to say that the model will embody the values of the company's two founders, Charles Rolls and Sir Henry Royce, who contested the Scottish Reliability Trials, Alpine Trials, and London to Edinburgh event in the early 20th century.

The company emphasizes that the new model will be "effortless everywhere," thanks in part to a new engine that will be unique to the Rolls SUV. The vehicle will also utilize a new aluminum architecture and a robust all-wheel drive system, which we hear will trickle down to the Ghost, Wraith, and upcoming Wraith convertible (codenamed R06) eventually. As for what bespoke engine the SUV model will get, our intel points to a V-12, possibly a derivative of the twin-turbo 6.6-liter from the Ghost. Contrary to what we had heard previously, the Rolls-Royce SUV's aluminum structure wont' be shared with the upcoming BMW X7. We're told it's a new design, likely one that will underpin future Rolls-Royce models.

Interestingly, the British marque doesn't call the new model an SUV, but a "high-bodied car." While the use of the word "car" doesn't necessarily mean we're expecting a lifted Ghost, we wonder if the body shape will be more car-like than other SUVs on the road. Rolls also doesn't touch on seating, but the new model could be offered with space for up to seven passengers. The seven-seat variant may be a long-wheelbase model. Price is expected to come in around the $400,000 mark, though the automaker gave no timeline for when to expect the vehicle.

Jonny Lieberman contributed to this post.

Source: Rolls-Royce

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