Rolls-Royce confirms new car model

Luxury car giant Rolls Royce has officially confirmed the launch of a new model capable of crossing “any terrain” but only hinting that it could be a sports utility vehicle (SUV).

The company is yet to release details or images of the new car, but the model is thought to be an SUV after Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes, chief executive of Rolls-Royce, referred to it as a “high-bodied” vehicle.

The unnamed car, still in the early stages of development, will follow the Phantom sedan, coupe and convertible, the Wraith coupe and the Ghost sedan models. It will have an “all-new aluminium architecture”, its production being hailed as “another seminal moment” in Rolls-Royce’s 111-year car-making history.

The new vehicle is likely to have a V-12 engine like the rest of the current Rolls-Royce line-up, but other technical details have not been revealed yet, or even when the model will move into production.

The announcement of the BMW-owned luxury marque comes as rival Bentley, part of Volkswagen Group, is set to make its own SUV, Bentayaga, expected to debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Global sales in 2014 were up 12 per cent and delivered around 4,000 cars to customers, the highest in the company’s history. Worldwide sales have more than quadrupled since 2009.

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