Ending a whole lot talks, speculations and a long wait, the very first SUV model from the house of Rolls-Royce has finally officially broke its covers. The Rolls-Royce Cullinan luxury SUV has been making headlines for quite some time, and whole lot of its details have been also out. The British mega-luxury auto behemoth had announced just over three years back that it plans to make an "all-terrain, high-bodied vehicle", as it chooses to call its Cullinan, being a bespoke company. Named after the largest diamond in the world, the Cullinan is meant to be a one-of-a-kind SUV.
The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is based on the Phantom VIII's aluminium spaceframe or the Architecture of Luxury platform, and also gets the same overall design language. The RR ‘high bodied vehicle’ gets a typical front fascia with the unmistakable stainless-steel pantheon grille and eyebrow shaped LED DRLs. The side profile is marked by sharp shoulder line, large 22 inch alloys and the famed suicide doors. The boxy design of the Cullinan is slightly broken by the gently sloping roofline. At the rear, the protruding boot is reminiscent of the RR D-Back models dating back to 1930s.
The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is regal and massive and is noticeably larger than its primary rival - the Bentley Bentayga. It is longer and wider and has a massive 3,295 mm wheelbase that is significantly larger, which means more luxurious space for the rear passengers.
The cabin design of the brand new Rolls-Royce Cullinan is almost identical to that of the Phantom's. The super-luxury SUV has a thicker and smaller steering wheel, all-digital instrument console, centre console housed rotary Spirit of Ecstasy controller. The Cullinan also gets a touchscreen infotainment system, which is a first ever feature in a Rolls-Royce model
The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is a practical 5-seater SUV, but it has and 'Individual Seat' configuration option as well that replaces the rear bench seat with two individual luxurious seats, which are parted by a drinks cabinet. In this configuration there’s also a glass partition to separate the luggage compartment to make the cabin more silent, a salient feature of all RR models. There’s also a Viewing Suite, which has two leather seats and a cocktail table that extends from the rear compartment at a simple button press.
Needless to mention, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan comes with a plethora of safety features which include night vision and vision assist with daytime and night-time wildlife and pedestrian warning system; active cruise control, collision warning, 4 camera system with panoramic view, all-round visibility as well as helicopter view among lots of others. The Cullinan gets power from a fully revised 6.75 litre, twin turbocharged V12 engine that generates a hammering 571 hp and 850 Nm. The RR SUV’s top speed has been electronically limited to 250 kmph. The Cullinan is the first AWD model from the house of Rolls-Royce. It has been endowed with trick self-leveling air suspension system for the famous 'Magic Carpet' ride experience irrespective of the terrain.
The SUV comes with a dedicated 'Off Road' button, which makes the vehicle handle any sort of terrain with ease, while its sophisticated electronically controlled suspension system ensures optimum performance.
The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is expected to launch in India towards the end of this year and is likely to be priced more than the Ghost, but less than the Phantom VIII.