Rolls-Royce SUV slated for late 2017 launch - report

Rolls-Royce crossover concept render
Rolls-Royce crossover concept render / Lutz Valdeig

Starting at 200,000 GBP

The Rolls-Royce crossover/SUV is allegedly planned for a late 2017 release.

Company design boss Giles Taylor told Autocar work on the luxurious SUV is progressing and he believes such a model will not "undermine the Rolls-Royce brand." He expressed his desire in creating a functional body style like a shooting brake, rather than a crossover with a sloping roof.

Sources within Rolls-Royce have described the model as being "a kind of Mercedes GLK-plus-plus" with a starting price of 200,000 GBP. It is believed the vehicle will be slotted in the Ghost family instead of being based on the Phantom as it was previously thought.

The Rolls-Royce SUV will not come out before late 2017 and will have to tackle some fierce competition coming from the already confirmed Bentley SUV scheduled for a 2016 market launch, followed a year later by a plug-in hybrid derivative.

On Rolls-Royce's agenda are also a new Phantom slated for a 2017 release followed by an all-new Ghost in 2018.

Note: Rolls-Royce crossover concept render by Lutz Valdeig pictured

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Julian_Arnold Julian_Arnold
A Rolls Royce SUV??? Is nothing sacred? How about an RR '5-series' sized saloon/coupe with I6 and V8 engines instead? Better spend of R&D money.
May 17th, 2014 9:35pm
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revinp revinp
If its anything like in a the render, then its the saddest thing on wheels, except of course a fiat multipla or a bentley suv concept.
May 14th, 2014 7:33am
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memexe memexe
Take a London Cab, put a RR grill on it and you have the RR SUV. Joking...A RR should stay a RR
May 13th, 2014 6:43pm
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Alfa_Tifoso Alfa_Tifoso
Fu*k with SUV,s -.-
May 13th, 2014 5:21pm
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mhectorgato mhectorgato
Those headlights are very un-current-RR-like. I don't hate the rest of the render (given what it is).
May 13th, 2014 5:03pm
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kimbo kimbo
Somehow I can accept RR SUV more than I can accept Bentley SUV. Big luxury cars is what RR was decades ago, before WW II. Even their first cars were long wide and quite high. Bentleys are much more focused on performance. And I can't accept performance and SUV in one sentence.
May 13th, 2014 2:13pm
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Swifty Swifty
this RR SUV against Bentley SUV will be a clash of that market range, maybe even MB GL and Range Rover gets into it!
May 13th, 2014 1:44pm
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Think this is a good move financially for RR. Whether the purists will agree is another story. I think at 200,000 pounds this will sell well given that market size.
May 13th, 2014 1:08pm
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