British luxury marque Rolls-Royce has revealed the Cullinan, describing the new car as “the most technologically advanced, and only purpose-built, luxury SUV in the world”.
As well as being Rolls-Royce’s first ever SUV, the new high-bodied model is also the brand’s first 4×4.
The designers further claim the Cullinan is the first true “three-box” car in the entire SUV-sector, with the passenger cabin being separated from the luggage compartment through the adoption of a glass partition.
“At this point in the history of automotive design, SUVs have become homogenous and ubiquitous,” reckons design boss, Giles Taylor. “The label SUV is now applied to anything with a two-box silhouette and the least suggestion of going off tarmac. We envisioned an authentic, three-box all-terrain high-bodied car with a convention-challenging design and absolute capability that would satisfy the adventurous urges of our clients.”
Powered via a 6.75 litre twin-turbo V12 engine that delivers 563 bhp and 627 lb-ft of torque to an all-new all-wheel drive, all-wheel steer system, the Cullinan now becomes only the second Rolls-Royce to sit on the company’s all-new aluminium ‘Architecture of Luxury’ platform; the first car to utilise the new architecture was the eighth-generation Phantom that was revealed last year.
However, for the Cullinan, the component parts of the base architecture were reconfigured into a spaceframe that was higher and shorter whilst also delivering a completely new feature never seen before on a series production Rolls-Royce – a tailgate.
On the inside, the boot area offers a standard 560 litres of space, growing to 600 with the parcel shelf removed. The rear seats also fold down – another first for Rolls-Royce.
And to make life easier for passengers when getting in and out, the whole car lowers itself by 40 mm at the touch of a button.
“Our customers expect to go everywhere in luxury, effortlessly and without compromise, conquering the most challenging terrain to enjoy life’s most enriching experiences, wherever they may be. For this reason, they have asked us to create a Rolls-Royce that offers uncompromised luxury wherever they dare to venture. Cullinan is that car. It is Effortless, Everywhere,” says company CEO, Torsten Müller-Ötvös.