Rolls-Royce announced in February 2015 the development of an all-new aluminium space-frame architecture that will underpin all its future models arriving from early 2018, including an SUV. The testing phase of this new architecture has now begun, with early preparatory activity seeing new engineering mules tested in public around the world.

The current testing phase aims to ensure that the new proprietary space-frame structure perfectly delivers Rolls-Royce’s trademark “magic-carpet ride” on a variety of surfaces and that it is resilient to extreme weather conditions. If so, Malaysia sounds like a good test bed for R-R as we fulfil both requirements.

“Since 2003, Rolls-Royce has reset the benchmark for luxury motoring. Now it is time to take the next step in the luxury journey. This is why I am announcing today that on-road testing of our all-new proprietary architecture is beginning. This new architecture of pure luxury represents considerable investment in the future of our great brand,” said CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös.

GALLERY: Rolls-Royce Dawn