Rolls-Royce has announced a final decision regarding the launch of an SUV will be made later this year.

Rolls-Royce has announced a final decision regarding the launch of an SUV will be made later this year.

Bentley has made it very clear they will be launching an SUV (likely called Bentayga) next year while arch rival Rolls-Royce is still analyzing the prospects of entering this segment. According to company CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes,"we've made progress in evaluating options and in understanding better how such a project could work, what's needed to make it work if we decide to go ahead." He went on to specify a decision will be taken later this year so even if green-lighted, the model won't be launched sooner than 2017-2018.

Rolls-Royce did confirm the Wraith Drophead Coupe will be unveiled sometime this year before going on sale mid-2016. This will boost sales even further as the British luxury marque has enjoyed a very profitable 2014, posting a 12 percent increase in delivers to 4,063 cars. In addition, Rolls-Royce says more customers personalized their vehicles and this has allowed the company to sell more models priced at €200,000+ than any other automaker in the world.

United States continues to be Rolls-Royce's biggest market, followed by China, UAE and UK, with the best-selling dealership located in Abu Dhabi. One of the main reasons why sales increased last year has to do with the addition of six dealerships, raising the total number to 127.

Note: Rolls-Royce crossover concept unofficial render pictured.

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