Here’s One (Small) Crossover Rolls-Royce Will Likely Never Make

The marketplace for luxury crossovers is growing to such an extent that we’re witnessing divergent trends.

On the one hand, we see more and more luxury automakers coming out with smaller and smaller SUVs. On the other, we see the most upscale of them – like Rolls-Royce, for example – hitting the scene with rather large ones.

In the British marque’s case, we don’t expect the two ever to come together. But if they did, it might look a little something like this.

Envisioned by Nikita Aksyonov is a subcompact crossover that we’ll call the Cherub (as a smaller counterpart to the Ghost, Wraith, and Phantom). It appears to be based on the new Volvo XC40, but features an upright Pantheon grille, “suicide” rear doors, self-leveling wheel hubs… everything you might, in short, we expect to see on the new Cullinan, but in a much smaller package.

If Goodwood were to make such a vehicle, it’d have to compete with the likes of the Mercedes GLA, Audi Q3, Infiniti QX30, and the new Lexus UX – not to mention the aforementioned Volvo and BMW’s own X1. Or more poignantly, the Range Rover Evoque and the new Jaguar E-Pace. But Rolls would have to charge a great deal more for theirs, which would mean it’d be priced closer to much larger models.

Either that, or it’d have to charge much less than it would for anything else it’s ever made, which wouldn’t sit so well with the automaker or its elite clientele. So while we could one day see something smaller than the assuredly gargantuan forthcoming Cullinan, we doubt it’d ever be this small.


  • WG

    This looks like a Volvo XC40 to me.

    • Bo Hanan

      With a Roll front clip? Yea- yeah, it is.

    • Autoexperte

      the XC40 is the template of this rendering

  • Chad L


  • Honda NSX-R

    And I hope they don’t.

  • Brian

    The quality of the render is impressive. It looks like something Mark Stehrenberger would do.

  • Zandit75

    Nikita Aksyonov is the new X-Tomi??

    • LWOAP

      Yep. Expect more articles about renders Nikita made.

  • Alter Ego

    That actually looks pretty good

  • MarketAndChurch

    It looks beautiful. I wish there were more boxy suv’s.


    And good thing too. It doesn’t work.

  • Eagle By Singer


  • Mark Hawthorne

    Are we going to get a series of cars Rolls-Royce will never make? One a day for the next 14 or 15 years? Oh here’s a crappy rendering of a Smart with a R-R grille and a Spirt of Ecstasy. Oh, today’s is a pickup that looks a bit like an F150. And for today we have an Audi Allroad style Wagon. Today it’s a Hybrid minivan. And on and on forever.

    Why bother with these. WHY? Are you really that desperate for content. Shall we all start sending in renderings of cars the Bentley, Ford, Aud….Lamborghini will never make?

  • Javokhir_Sam

    Renderer was drunk for 2 reasons a. using Volvo as a basis b. using 20 inch wheel with 15 inch wheel profile. Looks weird.

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