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Rolls-Royce Cullinan: First All-Terrain SUV From Rolls-Royce

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Rolls-Royce rolls into the sport utility vehicle segment of the market with flair as it introduces the Rolls-Royce Cullinan. The first-ever SUV of the brand definitely puts all the current premium SUVs to shame because it is not just “luxurious”, but it is “ultra-luxurious”.

Exterior

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The Cullinan makes use of the Phantom VIII’s platform called the “Architecture of Luxury”, so there are definitely many traces of the saloon’s design in the bigger vehicle. These can be found in the character lines, front grille, and the lighting system of the SUV. However, the Cullinan distances itself from its sibling with its shorter wheelbase, higher ride height, and slightly rugged looks.

Interior

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The real highlight of Rolls-Royce cars is their ability to provide the utmost comfort to their occupants and effectively shielding them from the outside world. Of course, the ones who truly benefit from the comfort features of the vehicles are their passengers. The Cullinan follows the same treatment, but it is also equipped with a vast array of infotainment features on the dashboard in case the owner wants to take over the helm.

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Opulent leather covers adorn the interior of the Cullinan. Aside from the high-end entertainment and driver assistance systems, the SUV has a cooler and whiskey glass holders. These can be further personalized depending on the whims and funds of the owner.

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Performance

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The Cullinan is powered by a 6.75-liter twin-turbo V12 engine. That’s the same unit found in the Phantom, but with some tweaks. The engine produces 563 bhp with 627 lb-ft of torque. A more powerful version of the SUV is coming up that jacks up the mentioned numbers.

The other performance-focused highlights of the SUV include an off-road button, four-wheel steering system, 48-volt anti-roll system, and four-wheel drive with 50/50 split.

Photos

Check out the official photos of the new Rolls-Royce Cullinan in the gallery below:

Rolls-Royce Cullinan: Is It An SUV Or Something Else?

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Rolls-Royce is coining a new term for a segment that falls somewhere between a crossover and an SUV. Called the High-Sided Vehicle, the Cullinan isn’t exactly an SUV, as Rolls pointed out. Instead, it’s a “lifted ride” with ample ground clearance, cabin space, and off-road capabilities.

The Rolls-Royce Cullinan was spotted while being tested at the Nurburgring, but we don’t exactly know what to call it because categorizing it under the SUV segment would madden car enthusiasts all over the world. And yet, it isn’t a crossover exactly since that would seriously disappoint luxury car dealers because a Rolls isn’t one for off-road tracks.

Still, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Rolls is at least dabbling into developing a luxury SUV-like vehicle and sends it to the Nurburgring for testing. That makes sense. The HSV, as Rolls wants to call the Cullinan, can handle off-road challenges just like any other SUV. It would have a significant ground clearance as opposed to what we see on their luxury sedans, but it still wouldn’t be high enough to make it awkward for passengers to climb in it.

The Cullinan will be based on the platform used on the Phantom VIII, which many of you know uses a new aluminum spaceframe architecture that would make the luxury sedan lighter, stiffer, and somehow, more powerful.

For the powertrain, Rolls-Royce is planning to use BMW’s 6.75-liter V-12 engine in the Cullinan, though it’s quite possible the luxury automaker is also going to produce a plug-in hybrid variant in the future… just to make the Cullinan compliant to current eco-friendly standards.

The Cullinan is riding on an air suspension, much like the much awaited eight-generation Phantom. That would provide seamless driving experience for the driver and the passengers of this HSV.

The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is set to compete directly with the Bentley Bentayga once it pops in the scene sometime in 2018. No complete details have been revealed by Rolls so far.

 

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