German-owned luxury carmaker Rolls-Royce on Wednesday unveiled plans to launch its own sportsutility vehicle, mirroring recent moves by fellow upmarket rivals Bentley and Jaguar.

The British brand, which is owned by Germany’s BMW, revealed in an open letter from Rolls-Royce chairman Peter Schwarzenbauer and chief executive Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes that it was in the process of developing its first-ever 4×4 car.

“Today we confirm that we are developing an all-new Rolls-Royce with exceptional presence, elegance and purpose … A car that offers the luxury of a Rolls-Royce in a vehicle that can cross any terrain,” the letter read.

The automaker added that the new model would be “a high-bodied car, with an all-new aluminium architecture”, but gave no indication of price or when production would begin. – Agence France-Presse

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