Rolls-Royce has showcased an outrageous concept to celebrate the BMW Group's centenary. It's using this concept to predict what the future of luxury motoring will be like.
It's officially called the 103EX Vision Next 100 Concept and it's claimed to represent a glimpse into Rolls-Royce's future. If you transported yourself forward by 100 years, is this what you'd see in the local Rolls-Royce dealership? Rolls-Royce says it is rejecting the idea of anonymous, utilitarian and bland modes of mobility in the future and that suggests that cars of the future will be autonomous, yes, but also spacious and beautiful. Cars will not be mainstream, but each vehicle will be customised to suit the needs of individual customers.
This 103EX Vision Next 100 is fully autonomous and comes with its own digital assistant who also drives the car. She's called Eleanor and she's able to tell owners about their appointments and help them to schedule tasks while they travel in luxury. Powering the Rolls-Royce 103EX won't be the BMW-sourced V12 engine as the brand expects that large-capacity engines, let alone internal combustion ones, will probably not exist in 2116. Expect some form of (eminently refined) zero-emission propulsion in this breathtaking machine.