Rolls-Royce’s CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös confirmed late last year that the historic British automaker was considering adding an SUV to its ranks
, and now its design chief Giles Taylor has revealed that the automaker’s design team is working on sketches to assess the viability of the concept.
Speaking with Autocar
, Taylor explained that a crossover with a sloping roof was not what Rolls-Royce was after but rather a proper SUV. An insider is also reported to have said that a “Mercedes GLK-plus-plus” is what the design team is aiming for.
It’s important to note that production of a Rolls-Royce SUV is not certain yet, although strong demand for SUVs, especially in China, which has become one of the marque’s strongest markets
, is likely to see it enter production.Autocar
also reports that the Rolls-Royce SUV is unlikely to arrive before 2017 and that it is more likely to share a platform with the next-generation Ghost, due in 2018, rather than the next-generation Phantom, due in 2017._______________________________________Follow Motor Authority on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.