A long awaited Rolls Royce SUV is finally in the works. But it won’t be on showroom floors until at least 2018.
Rolls Royce is calling it their “high-bodied motor car.” Of course it would have a fancy name, given the automaker’s nomenclature for such coinage. They also say that it can “cross any terrain,” which basically amounts to meaning that it’s an SUV, too.
Insiders have forever speculated that Rolls Royce would someday get on board with the growing SUV market. And now it seems that the day has finally arrived.
According to the most recent rumors, the SUV will rely upon a new aluminum chassis that is both lightweight and durable. This will enable it to still match its street cars tit-for-tat, while giving it the body and oomph that it needs to cross terrains. Rumors also have it that this chassis will become the mainstay for the rest of the fleet in the years to come as well.
Under the hood will be a familiar site: the V-12 twin-turbo 6.6-liter engine that’s in most other Royce vehicles. And, an all-wheel-drive system is expected as well. Based upon what other cars in the fleet offer, it’s easy to speculate about some of the features that can be added.
Expect savvy tech features like Bluetooth, iPod and USB as well as smartphone integration. A cooled glove compartment to chill your champagne, rear-seat Blue-Ray system with dual monitors, soft-close electric-assisted doors, powered tilt-and-telescope steering wheel, night vision and infrared collision mitigation system with lane-assist, parking assist and all the bells and whistles, including 360-degree parking cameras, immediately come to mind.
Then there’s the plush carpeting, contrast stitched and high-end hide seating, the signature umbrella that comes with every car and likely 30” wheels, to name a few.
According to the latest industry chatter, it’s due out in 2018 as the 2019 model.
But, unless you have a lot of money to burn, don’t expect to be sitting in one anytime soon. That’s because this SUV is expected to fetch around $450k.