Design work is already underway.
Company sources have revealed the Rolls-Royce SUV project is underway with the finished article expected no later than 2017. That's according to Autocar who, when speaking with design boss, Giles Taylor, was told that the designers are currently at the sketch stage of the process. Taylor said: "I'm interested in function and functionality. I'm looking to create a properly functional vehicle – a shooting brake, not a crossover with a sloping roof. A proper SUV."
Described as "a kind of Mercedes GLK-plus-plus," the Rolls-Royce SUV will arrive on the market slightly behind the new Bentley SUV, as luxury carmakers continue their assault on the ever-growing Chinese market that have an insatiable thirst for Sports Utility Vehicles. Where previous reports suggested the new SUV would be based on the upcoming BMW X7's underpinnings, it is now understood a new architecture made of steel, aluminum and carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic – previewed by the BMW Vision Future Luxury concept in Beijing – will form its basis as well as a future Ghost and potential 9 Series.