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As we previously reported, Rolls-Royce did in fact bring it’s EX200 design study to the Geneva Auto Show. The company didn’t have much to say other than what it had already distributed in its press release – which included one of the most basic lists of specifications we’ve seen since the Aston One-77 teaser.
The baby Rolls, code named the RR4, is a four door (duh!) and seats five (double duh!). It is 212.6-inches long, 76.7-inches wide and 61-inches high. The wheelbase is listed as 129.7-inches. The platform for the car is the same used by the new BMW 7 Series.
It sits on a set of typically-dull 20-inch rims with 255/45/20 tires up front an 285/40/20 tires in the rear.
Rolls has confirmed that the luxury saloon will be powered by a new V12 engine, which one can assume with be rather torquey.
One interesting bit of information that did come up during the press conference, however, was that Rolls is working on a thermo-electric generator for future use in the company’s cars. CEO Ian Robertson stated that this new technology (currently in development and not scheduled for any road car for at least five years) would generate energy from the excess heat from the exhaust system and then use that electricity to power certain things on the car. Ideally this would represent a reduction in emissions by roughly five percent.
As for the EX200, it is scheduled to go on sale in 2010 and so we should expect to see a production model in the near future – possibly as early as at Frankfurt in the fall.
GALLERY: Rolls-Royce EX200
More on the Rolls-Royce EX200 after the jump:
Roll-Royce has just released these photos of it’s new “entry-level” vehicle. Code-named the EX200, the concept vehicle will be on display at the Geneva Auto Show in March ahead of its Spring 2010 on-sale date.
This yet-unnamed Rolls-Royce sits on an entirely new chassis that is larger than an extended-wheelbase 7 Series and yet smaller than a Phantom. It will share some parts with the new 7 Series, such as some of the suspension hardware and the steering rack , but will feature the cushy air springs found on the Phantom.
Power will come from a torquey V12 engine that will eventually find its way into the 7 Series.
In terms of style, the resemblance to the Phantom and the rest of the Rolls-Royce family is undeniable. And yes, it does have those sick suicide-doors.
Pricing is expected to be around 180,000 British Pounds or roughly $250,000.
[Source: CAR Magazine]