The Rolls Royce of SUVs is finally here: The Cullinan
When it comes to super luxury, Rolls Royce is the first name that leads the genre. And now this british car marque has presented this luxury in the form of SUV the Cullinan. The name comes from the Cullinan Diamond, a 3106 carat flawless rough diamond found in1905 in South Africa’s Magaliesberg Mountains.
Since its inception 3 years ago the design team has taken every style cue of Rolls Royce. The Rolls Royce has envisioned an authentic high-bodied all-terrain car with a convention-challenging design and absolute capability that would satisfy the urge of adventurous clients around the world.
The face is marque Rolls-Royce, with the signature pantheon stainless-steel grille nose, flanked by the LED daytime running lights. Look at the Cullinan from the side, and you’ll notice the strong styling cues from Phantom, massive 22-inch wheels and Suicide Doors on a SUV (really !!)
Based on the same aluminium space frame architecture the Rolls-Royce Cullinan is evidently bigger than its major rival Bentley Bentayga till the time Aston Martin reveals its Ultra Luxury Electric SUV under its revived brand Lagonda.
Meanwhile, ensuring the Cullinan will be able to power up any terrain is a 6.75-liter twin-turbocharged V-12 generating 563 bhp and 850 Nm of torque. The gigantic engine, which develops its peak torque from just 1,600 rpm, will easily hustle the 2660 Kg Cullinan to its electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h.
The length of the Cullinan is 210 inches, which is smaller than the Phantom though still longer than most vehicles on the road. There’s an automatic tailgate, which Rolls-Royce refers to as a “clasp”, and here owners can fit a pair of seats and a small table.
The Cullinan is first ever all wheel drive SUV from Rolls Royce and also offers the most celebrated magic carpet ride quality across all terrains due to its lighter architecture, and the latest generation of self-levelling air suspension. In the case of driving off-road, the electronically controlled shock absorber adjustment system uses an air compression system to actively push down any wheel it detects losing traction to ensure every wheel is constantly in contact with the ground and maximum torque is being provided to all wheels . Cullinan delivers the deepest wading depth of any super-luxury SUV at 540mm thanks to its highest ride height.
Inside, the cabin of Cullinan combines authentic Rolls-Royce luxury with simple, symmetrical functionality to express the car’s inherent strength. The centre stack is framed by hand-finished metal pillars that bridge the upper fascia and middle console with newly developed box grain leather –a durable and water resistant boarded leather.
In seating Two rear configurations are offered: a three-seat bench or two individual executive-style seats. With either combination, the seats fold electronically and are isolated from the trunk via a glass partition. Speaking of the trunk, maximum storage is 600 ltr and expandable to 1900 ltr with the rear seats folded.
Though there is confirmation on pricing at this time, as per sources Cullinan will niche into the gap that exists between the Ghost (Rs 4.5 crore) and the Phantom (Rs 9.5 crore) in terms of pricing.
The India launch of the Rolls-Royce Cullinan is likely to take place towards the end of 2018.