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Mike Stevens | Apr, 08 2015 | 2 Comments

The coming new Rolls-Royce SUV has been revealed. Sort of.

Alright, it’s a jacked-up Phantom you’re looking at, but Rolls-Royce tells us this is the world’s first look at the big new SUV we’ll see sometime in 2017.

And, while you’d hardly need to be told, Rolls-Royce stresses that while this mule might hint at the size of the coming new SUV model, “it features no design aspects of the eventual high-sided, all-terrain motor car announced earlier this year”.

Looking like an ultra-luxury version of Subaru’s Outback sedan body, this big mule rolls on a high-riding suspension package, matched to a tall rear wing that may be simulating the drag and aero profiles of an SUV.

Rolls-Royce says the mule’s suspension package is the first iteration of an all-new arrangement destined for the new SUV, promising an all-wheel-drive experience that will deliver its “hallmark magic-carpet ride” in on- and off-road driving.

The company claims that its mules will see an equal amount of time spent on-road and off-road.

"The first series of tests will focus on Project Cullinan’s on-road behaviour from suspension throw to high-bodied stability, and will test the new suspension across all types of international road surface specification at test facilities, as well as on public roads," the company said in a statement today.

We can likely expect to see the first final-body prototypes roll out later this year, although a heavy layer of camouflage should keep pundits from getting an early look at the SUV’s finer details.

Watch for more on the new Rolls-Royce SUV to come over the months ahead, and catch our ongoing coverage at the links below.

MORE: Rolls-Royce SUV Confirmed | Rolls-Royce SUV News

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