It seems that there’s no automaker that can resist entering the ute craze these days. Even those, highly renowned manufacturers like Bentley, Lamborghini and Rolls Royce are finding it difficult to pass on the opportunity which this market brings. Although people down at RR have been hinting on this topic for some time now, Rolls Royce SUV probably won’t come before 2018. This isn’t their traditional niche, and that might be the reason why this transition is taking so long.
2018 Rolls-Royce SUV Review
Since Rolls Royce is essentially under BMW’s control, it is only natural that their upcoming SUV shares its platform with all-new X7. As for powertrains, there’s a lot more possibilities and all of them are supreme performers. Furthermore, all of them are twin-turbocharged, and units could range from 4.4L V-8, over 6.0L V-12 to 6.6L V-12. Whichever of these they decide to go with, all power (and there will be plenty of it) will be sent to all four wheels; that much is certain.
So what will 2018 Rolls-Royce SUV look like? It will most likely look more like a prolonged and raised wagon than true-blooded SUV, but it will certainly ride big. It should also weigh much thanks to high-strength steel frame. Only thing that could slightly lower its curb weight are aluminum and carbon fiber elements which BMW certainly knows their way around. In terms of signature details, expect RR’s trademark chrome rectangular grille with logo and sculpture at its top. Headlamps might be kept on the small side, just like it is the case in other nameplates. However, expect beefier bumper to elevate the car and make its appearance more SUV-like. It is still unknown whether RR SUV will feature suicide doors, but it shouldn’t be that inspiring in its profile in any case. Finally, exotic ute’s rear end should be slightly different that what we’re accustomed to see, but some signature cues will be kept in any case.
This doesn’t come as a surprise, but it still has to be noted – 2018 Rolls-Royce SUV will be highly refined vehicle with only top luxury materials. While dashboard, and whole cabin layout for that matter, is still unknown, we can only guess that SUV’s units will be bulkier than those seen in Rolls Royce limos. In any case, expect fully leather-covered surfaces wherever you lay your eyes, and plenty of wood and chrome accents to complete the picture. Apart from large touch screen display, expect a number of premium speakers and rear seat entertainment system. All connectivity options will be standard as well, and RR SUV should serve as a Wi-Fi router as well, so you don’t have to leave it if internet connection is what you need. Given its strong frame, ride height and price (who would crash $250,000 car), luxury SUV won’t need plenty of safety features in order to get the best scores, but you can bet it’ll offer them anyway.
2018 Rolls-Royce SUV Price
One of major downsides when it comes to luxury SUV’s are its fuel economy ratings. 2018 Rolls Royce SUV offers unique level of refinement, and thus offers extremely potent powertrains which further degrade its efficiency. Numbers shouldn’t pass the mid teens combined if V-12 is to be the chosen powertrain. Price tag is another category where Rolls Royce doesn’t really pick up sympathies, and quarter of a million dollars won’t change that anytime soon.
2018 Rolls-Royce SUV still bides its time before entering, what might become a lucrative market sometimes down the line. Large luxurious ute will likely keep most of in-house signature cues, but it will be different than anything British automaker had ever made, anyway.