Beneath this shortened Phantom body is the all-wheel drive chassis that Rolls Royce is developing for its upcoming SUV.
Beneath this shortened Phantom body is the all-wheel drive chassis that Rolls Royce is developing for its upcoming SUV.
Of course, the production SUV will look nothing like this. We promise.
Of course, the production SUV will look nothing like this. We promise.

Well here it is ladies and gentlemen, this is the long-awaited Rolls Royce 4x4 model that has been promised to Gentry with a penchant for pavement hopping.

A bit crass you say?

Well that's because this is what you might call an early reveal. Such an early reveal, in fact, that what you see here is merely a development mule that was created to kick-start the development of the upcoming SUV model's chassis.

Clothing the mule is a shortened Phantom Series II body that in no way resembles the design of the SUV production model, Rolls Royce reiterates, although its kitsch detailing is sure to inspire those insane souls at Mansory.

The new all-wheel drive chassis is being honed to deliver a ride quality that its maker describes as “Effortless … Everywhere.” This one will have to deliver that characteristic “magic carpet ride” in the bundus too, remember.

The finished product will be built around an all-new aluminium architecture when it goes into production in 2017.

Yet before then, Rolls Royce plans to test this chassis mule on virtually all types of surface in existence around the world and it will spend as much time off the beaten track as it will on tar. Just show a little understanding if it mounts your nearest kerb.