The new Rolls-Royce Cullinan is officially revealed as RR deliver their very first SUV – or ‘High Sided Vehicle’ – as the ultimate luxury SUV. Costs from around £275,000.
We’ve had plenty of information on the new Rolls-Royce Cullinan in recent weeks, from the Cullinan in the desert to the first official photos landing in our inbox a day before the official reveal. But now the official reveal has happened, so say hello to the new Rolls-Royce Cullinan.
Despite the seeming incongruity of a Rolls-Royce SUV, you can’t help but be impressed by the sight of a Phantom on stilts, and a Phantom on stilts which actually manages to look credible.
Rolls-Royce are targeting the most successful, wealthy, younger individuals on the planet with a car which promises to deliver the perfect vehicle for the active lifestyle they enjoy, with an SUV which delivers the sort of ability a Range Rover does, but with a magic carpet ride wherever you go.
This is not just the first RR SUV, but the first with a hatch tailgate, a hatch which opens to deliver 560 litres of space with the seats up and 1920 litre with it down – perfect for transporting your priceless work of art to exhibition.
Inside is almost pure Phantom, with a rear cabin either in Lounge Layout for carrying three, or Individual for the ultimate sybaritic experience for two with a huge centre console housing a drinks cabinet and fridge.
Up front is mainly a Phantom experience, with heated and ventilated seats, a digital instrument panel, a touch sensitive infotainment screen, and there’s a raft of equipment including Night Vision, four-camera panoramic view, collision warning, lane departure, WiFi and much more.
Underpinned by what Rolls call the Architecture of Luxury – which also underpins the Phantom – the Cullinan gets its components reconfigured in to a spaceframe for exceptional rigidity but without compromising ride quality whatever surface the Cullinan tackles.
The setup includes a re-engineered version of the RR air suspension system, with larger air struts to cope with rough terrain and a redesigned font axle suspension too.
Power in the Cullinan comes from the same 6.75 litre V12 as the Phantom, but with tweaks to deliver just the right amount of torque – 627lb/ft – to compliment the 4WD system and four-wheel steering, and with 563bhp. It’s limited to 155mph, but Rolls-Royce aren’t saying how quick it is to 62mph.
If you feel your life won’t be complete without a Cullinan, then you need to find around £275,000. Expect your Rolls-Royce SUV to arrive by the end of 2018.