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The upcoming addition to the Rolls Royce marque has been revealed in a set of design sketches, but if you're expecting a "cheap Rolls" think again.

Known as the RR4, the new car's design was finalised in 2007. Its engineering development is now underway and the Goodwood plant is being reconfigured with a second assembly line and extended paint, wood and leather shops to accommodate production of the RR4.

Smaller than the Phantom, RR4 will also be powered by an all-new engine.

"The RR4 has a more informal presence than the Phantom models with a greater emphasis on driving," said chief designer Ian Cameron.

"In design terms this is expressed through its slightly smaller dimensions and more organic form. It is a true and uncompromising Rolls-Royce in every sense."

"RR4 will mark a milestone in the history of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars," company chairman Ian Robertson added.

"The business continues to go from strength to strength and the introduction of this new model will expand the appeal of the brand. We look forward to this next chapter with anticipation and confidence."

RR4 will be launched in 2010.

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