Rolls-Royce's Cullinan diamond set to shine

10 May, 2018, 14:35 | Author: Lynette Payne
  • Rolls Royce Cullinan teaser image

It is the first time the SUV, well a part of it, has been seen without wearing heavy camouflage.

The company sensibly seems to have largely ditched its previous smoke and mirrors in labelling the Cullinan a "high-sided vehicle" rather than an SUV, with the Rolls referred to by the latter term at the private viewing for customers and media.

We've known about Rolls-Royce's intentions of building an SUV for a while now, the Cullinan having been teased in various off-road driving situations it's unlikely to ever need to face. The carmaker has also revealed several cladded images of the SUV along with a couple of teasers ahead of tomorrow's global debut.

There are two rear seat configurations on offer: a more functional "Lounge Seat" for three or a pair of individual seats, complete with fixed rear centre console for your decanter or latest bottle of Hervé Dubois. Five USB ports can be used to charge electronic devices, while mobile phones can be wirelessly charged in the front of the cabin. It is boxy, Rolls-Royce admit this, calling the design, the first "three-box" vehicle in the SUV sector. Rather than a multitude of driving modes, there's just one "Everywhere" button to press; this prepares the auto for off-road driving, automatically adjusting its systems for whichever surface it detects. The automaker also said the Cullinan will share its aluminum-intensive platform with the recently revealed Phantom. A touch of the start button elevates the Cullinan 40 millimeters, to its standard, commanding ride height.

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The Cullinan includes seats that swing out when the rear door opens.

As expected, from hints the company dropped in recent months, the Cullinan comes with a 6.75 liter, twin-turbo V12 engine that gets 563 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. It's been re-engineered by adding larger air struts with greater air volume and by strengthening the drive and prop shafts to cushion blows from the toughest terrain-though it's most of the buyers of this epic SUV probably won't be taking it to Moab.

Additionally, the Cullinan gets a full suite of safety features like night vision and vision assist, including daytime and night-time wildlife and pedestrian warning; alertness assistant; a four-camera system with panoramic view, all-round visibility and helicopter view; active cruise control and collision warning, to name some. There are no performance figures as yet, apart from a quoted top speed of 155mph. Deliveries begin early next year. The first in Rolls-Royce history.

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