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.