Rolls Royce has finally revealed its anticipated first SUV, the Cullinan. Aptly named after the largest diamond ever discovered, this SUV is the epitome of luxury and in a league all its own.
The Cullinan is based on the new aluminum ‘Architecture of Luxury’ platform that also underpins the Phantom. The similar bones is somewhat obvious within the Cullinan’s design, which is undisputedly Rolls. The variance comes in what Rolls Royce describes as an “all-terrain, high-bodied car.”
Indeed, the Cullinan does look similar to a sedan, just higher up. The added height stems in part from a reworked version of Rolls’ Magic Carpet Ride suspension setup. The self-leveling air suspension system features larger air struts and more air volume, as well as stronger drive and prop shafts. When engaged in off-road driving, Cullinan’s active damper adjustment system will use an air compressor to actively push down any wheel it detects losing traction.
Powering all four wheels will be Rolls Royce’s familiar twin-turbocharged 6.75-liter V-12 that’s been slightly reworked to offer 563 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. The high level of power will be needed to propel this beast. The Cullinan comes in at 210 inches long and weighs about 5,800 pounds.
While the aluminum chassis is helping shed mass, the high level of luxury content certainly isn’t. Customers will be able to select between two rear seat configurations; a bench “lounge” seat and “individual” seats. Cullinan also offers a deployable glass partition that isolates the cabin from the luggage compartment.
Of course, layered in with all of the luxury is a host of high-tech content. Cullinan will offer night vision, vision assist, active cruise control, a four-camera viewing system, WiFi hotspot, head-up display and many other gadgets to satisfy the most discerning clients.
The first Rolls Royce SUV is expected to come in at $320,000. Customers will be able to drive that price even higher thanks to a host of customization options.