Rolls-Royce crossover depends on BMW X7 production - report

Rolls Royce Ghost
Rolls Royce Ghost

Could have a twin-turbo V8 or a V12 engine

Rumors of a Rolls-Royce crossover have been swirling for years and a new report is indicating its fate could depend on whether or not BMW decides to build an X7 crossover.

Automobile Magazine says engineers have looked at various platforms to underpin a crossover and the Phantom's architecture was ruled out because it was "deemed unsuitable." Engineers also tossed around the idea of creating a bespoke platform but that was reportedly rejected due to cost concerns.

To alleviate these problems, engineers are reportedly pinning their hopes on BMW green-lighting an X7 to battle the Mercedes GL-Class. The X7 would be based on the X5 and feature an extended wheelbase as well as an accommodating third row seat. The Rolls-Royce, on the other hand, would be a four-seater with an optional third row.

Even if BMW green-lights the X7, engineers would have to make significant modifications to ensure the model is a 'proper' Rolls-Royce. It's also unclear if the crossover would be outfitted with a twin-turbo V8 or a larger V12 engine.

If everything pans out, the Rolls-Royce crossover could be launched in 2017 and cost slightly less than the Ghost.


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peterjames7 peterjames7
Plenty of rich sheikhs though
May 31st, 2013 3:11am
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Prestige15 Prestige15
Not enough wealthy farmers so no point making a RR crossover
May 30th, 2013 10:18pm
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