Rolls-Royce have unveiled their new Cullinan SUV. Marking the first time that the luxury brand has ventured into the territory – the Cullinan is touted as the “Rolls-Royce of SUVs”.
Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars says, “The launch of a new Rolls-Royce model is always a seminal moment in the luxury industry. Today we are setting a new standard by creating a new class of motoring and motor car for customers who are well-connected, highly mobile and have a global perspective. They want a new type of motor car that gives them unbounded access in ultimate luxury. Their sense of adventure and daring demands a “go-anywhere in ultimate luxury” motor car that will both take them to and meet them at the pinnacle of life. Cullinan is that motor-car.”
The Cullinan carries all the traits of the new Phantom line, although it has different proportions. Variable ride height allows it to offer an easy access to occupants – with wide opening doors and a flat floor. Doors open and close at the touch of a button and the rear passenger bay offers a choice of Lounge seats (three-seater) or Individual seats and is separated from the rear luggage compartment by a glass divider (in the latter configuration).
The 560-litre luggage compartment has its share of technology, with a two-part opening gate called the Clasp, a variable height loading floor and the ability to fold down the lounge seats full-flat by button (with the headrests moving out of the way of the seat cushions). Further refinement is offered by customised recreation modules offered by the Bespoke division, that plug into the luggage bay.
The new generation of displays incorporates a touch screen at the front and back, while the seating itself is arranged so that the rear occupants sit higher. The off-road mode is integrated into the controller along with a hill descent button.
The Cullinan marks the use of a new aluminium spaceframe architecture that includes the provision for the rear tailgate. The platform is scalable so that future Rolls-Royce models can be built using it.
The Cullinan is powered by a tuned version of the new 6.75-litre V12 twin-turbo engine with peak torque of 850Nm available at only 1,600rpm.