Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV.

Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV.

The first in the history of the luxury automaker Rolls-Royce. An SUV should be officially presented to the world community in the second half of 2018 as a 2019 model. The automaker has scheduled private presentations for exclusive buyers for this summer.

The recent spy shots show that work on a new car is in full swing. Originally, the prototype was codenamed Project Cullinan in honor of the world’s largest uncut diamond weighing 3,106.8 carats, parts of which are now on the jewels of the British crown.

In February, Rolls-Royce finally confirmed that the upcoming SUV would be called the Cullinan in the production version. Interestingly, the manufacturer itself avoids the definition of «SUV» or «crossover.» He prefers to call Cullinan a “high-sided car”.

Back in early 2015, Rolls-Royce announced its plans to build a luxury SUV. It combines the traditional luxury of the brand and excellent cross-country performance. A few weeks later, test prototypes were discovered. So work on the first «highly professional, all-terrain» car began long before the public announcement.


Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV.

Three years later, the project finally reached a very concrete pre-production stage. This year is very important for Rolls-Royce. As well as Cullinan, the company also launches the brand-new eighth generation Phantom. As spy shots appear, it becomes more and more obvious that many of the stylistic replicas of the last Phantom will also be presented on the future SUV.

The novelty will reach the Russian market already in 2019. The main competitors of Rolls-Royce Cullinan will be Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus. Its estimated cost at home is £ 250,000. The Russian price of the car is still unknown. But the manufacturer stressed that the model will be at the top of the price range of the British company along with the new Phantom. Its price is about 35 million rubles.

Appearance and configuration.

The upcoming SUV Cullinan and the executive sedan of the eighth generation Phantom share the same new aluminum modular platform. Only Cullinan will be shorter and taller than the Phantom.

Initially, the developers wanted to use the base from the upcoming BMW X7 model. But in the end they decided to create their own unique aluminum chassis, which can significantly reduce the weight of the car. The new luxury off-road car will be offered in two versions of different lengths. Plain (about 5.5 meters) and elongated (about 6.0 meters). In addition, the hallmark of the brand are doors. Open against the progress of the car.

Interior design and equipment

It is assumed that the first Rolls-Royce SUV, like the upcoming Phantom, will be literally crammed with modern systems, functions and technologies.

For example, a fully digital instrument panel will appear in the cabin. Also advanced high-performance infotainment complex. In addition, the car is equipped with an advanced package of active and passive safety systems and driver assistance. In the interior trim, naturally, the highest quality and expensive materials will be used.


For the 2019 model year’s Rolls-Royce Cullinan, the British automaker produced a powerful 6.75-liter twin-turbine V12 powerplant, which the eighth Phantom claims to have 571 horsepower and 900 Nm of torque.

It is likely that the SUV engine performance will be even higher. Naturally, Cullinan will get the all-wheel drive system. Then it can migrate to the sedan. The transfer of power to all four wheels will be provided by a ZF robotic gearbox. About the hybrid and electrified version of the novelty, it is not yet.

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