The grand Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV debuts at last
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, a British luxury vehicle manufacturer, has finally revealed its first-ever sports utility vehicle. The luxury-laden off-roader was named after the largest diamond in the world.
Rolls-Royce had to develop an entirely new platform for the Cullinan, an aluminum space frame which the company said it would continue to use for all of its future releases.
Being 5,341 mm (17.4 ft.) long, 2,164 mm (7.1 ft.) wide and 1,835 mm (6 ft.) tall with a wheelbase spanning 3,295 mm (10.8 ft.), the vehicle easily warrants such descriptions as ‘grand’, ‘awe-inspiring’ and ‘impressive’.
The exterior design of the vehicle is supposed to remind you of a face of a Saxon warrior – at least, that’s how the manufacturer wants you to perceive its latest creation. One of its more interesting features comes in the form of coach doors that open against each other. The rear part of the car body is styled after classical Rolls-Royce D-Back models produced all the way back in the 1930s.
The interior space is packed to the brim with luxury and novelty. For example, the second seat row is positioned higher than the front row, so that all passengers may enjoy unobstructed view. There are flip tables that can be operated with a press of a button. Perhaps most impressively, the vehicle can actually lower itself 40 mm (1.5”) closer to the ground for that extra bit of convenience getting in and out.
At the core of the opulent SUV lies a 12-cylinder, 6.75-liter engine with dual turbochargers, reportedly producing up to 570 hp (425 kW) and 850 Nm (627 lb·ft) of torque. It operates in conjunction with an eight-speed, automatic, ZF series transmission and can accelerate the vehicle to a manufacturer-set maximum of 250 km/h (155 mph).
In terms of equipment, Rolls-Royce Cullinan comes with all-wheel-drive, chassis control, air suspension and a torque distribution system. Driver aids include night vision, living entity recognition, cruise control, blind spot monitor, collision warning, and off-road steering assistance. There are also five USB ports, a Wi-Fi hotspot and a slew of other features.
Prices for a new Rolls-Royce Cullinan in Europe begin at €265,000. First vehicles will reach their owners in 2019.