Rolls Royce Unveils Cullinan, It's first SUV, In India
The first SUV by Rolls Royce in India, Cullinan has been rolled out at a private event in Chennai. The luxury automaker had launched the Cullinan SUV in the country as CBU in 2018 with a price tag of Rs 6.95 crore (ex-showroom, pan-India). Rolls Royce also announced the availability of the Cullinan SUV at its authorized dealer for South India at the event, as the Chennai dealership manages deliveries for entire South India.
The Rolls Royce Cullinan comes based on the aluminum space frame architecture, called ‘The Architecture of Luxury’, the same platform that also underpins the Phantom VIII. Dimension wise, the Cullinan measures 5341 mm in length, 2164 mm in width and 1835 mm in height, which makes it 200 mm longer and 166 mm wider than the prime rival, the Bentley Bentayga. With a wheelbase of 3295 mm, it is also longer than the Bentatga’s by 303 mm. In terms of design, the front fascia comprises of the signature Rolls Royce grille, which sits between the rectangular headlamps, suicide doors, a sharp flat shoulder line across the length of the car and the vertically stacked tail lamps are the highlights. Other than that, the luxury SUV also features a protruding boot, which pays homage to the D-Back Rolls Royces of the 1930s.
In terms of interior, the premium SUV by Rolls Royce comes loaded with a cabin wrapped in opulent materials with wooden inserts on the dashboard, central console, and door trims as well as the quintessential Rolls Royce watch on the dashboard. Some modern age features such as the digital instrument cluster and a touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, which is a first for Rolls Royce, have also been offered on the Cullinan. Apart from these, the rear seats are placed higher than the front seats for a better view of its surroundings, all thanks to the large windows and a panoramic sunroof. Also, the Cullinan comes with a bench seat at the rear, which can be replaced by two captain seats.
Additionally, the Cullinan SUV also gets a Viewing Suite, wherein two leather seats and a cocktail table can come out from the Cullinan’s luggage compartment at the touch of a button. Another first-time feature is that the luggage compartment is shared with the passenger cabin, a glass partition isolates the passenger cabin from the luggage compartment. This helps in maintaining the temperature when the boot lid is open and makes the cabin more silent as well.
The powertrain options for the Rolls Royce Cullinan in India include a 6.75- liter V12 petrol engine that makes 571 bhp and 850 Nm. Another first for Rolls Royce is that power is sent to all four wheels of the SUV via a four-wheel-drive system. The Cullinan also comes with electronically adjustable suspension that uses an air compression system to actively push down any wheel it detects losing traction, in order to ensure every wheel is constantly in contact with the ground. Also, the Cullinan has a water wading capacity of 540 mm because of the variable ride height and it is capable of riding on various types of terrains like rough track, mud, and gravel.
The Cullinan also comes with a host of driver assistance and safety features such as night vision and vision assist including daytime and night-time wildlife & pedestrian warning, active cruise control, collision warning, alertness assistant (a 4-camera system with panoramic view, all-round visibility and helicopter view), cross-traffic warning, lane departure and lane change warning, 7x3 high-resolution head-up display and WiFi hotspot. The SUV takes against the likes of the Bentley Bentayga in the segment. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the Rolls Royce Cullinan.
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