Rolls-Royce is drawing up plans for a 4X4 off-roader. The news was dropped by Rolls-Royce chief executive chief executive officer Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes during an interview with Auto Express magazine.
When asked if a gambler might bet on the project getting the green light, he replied: "Make that bet. Do it. But I can tell you that it will not look like a Hummer."
They accept the controversial idea may divide opinion but are aware that luxury rivals such as Bentley and others including Aston Martin, Lamborghini and Maserati are preparing their own 4X4s which are expected to be a huge hit in lucrative markets such as China and the Middle East.
Auto Express has created its own images showing us just how the Rolls Royce SUV could look, based on the ‘design language’ of existing models such as the Phanton, Ghost and Wraith (seen below). Bosses say the new off-roader would retain all the features of a classic Rolls Royce, as this picture shows. The new model could be on the road by 2017.
Separately, bosses insist privately that the main challenge is to produce a car which rides and handles like a Rolls-Royce and does not sacrifice quality.
But now executives are planning the next chapter of the range from 2017 and beyond with an SUV on the drawing board.
’It’s a project that’s been rumored for years and denied several times. But the top man at Rolls-Royce has given the clearest indication yet that we will see an SUV from the brand. And our amazing images show how this amazing model could look.’
With a price of around £250,000, it says power will most likely be provided by the Wraith’s 6.7 twin turbo V12 which give acceleration from rest to 62mph in around 4.5 seconds. Top speed is likely to be electronically limited to 155mph.