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Despite the fact that Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös has explicitly ruled out the possibility of an SUV from the hyperluxe brand, the rumors of the ute persist.
Arguing the Rolls ute would require a "donor" vehicle from one of the BMW-owned brand's higher-volume mates to make a justifiable business case, the article claims a V-12 with 600 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque (or possibly hybrid) is the likely engine choice.
As for the vehicle the Rolls-Royce SUV would be based on, the BMW X7, rumors have been coming and going for years now. BMW may want a larger, three-row SUV to sit above the new 2014 X5, but it's not clear that there's a market large enough to support it.
The same is true of the Rolls-Royce SUV, too--at the price and prestige of the Rolls-Royce brand, there are only so many sales to be made in a year. On the other hand, fellow U.K./German Bentley is moving forward with plans for its own SUV, based on--but not styled like--the EXP 9 F concept.
If Rolls-Royce does move forward with plans for the hyperluxury SUV, it isn't expected to reach the market before 2017.