The Bentley Bentayga rivalling SUV from Rolls-Royce has an official name.
British luxury carmaker Rolls-Royce has confirmed that its upcoming SUV will be called Cullinan.
The name should not come as a surprise to most, as the car’s development was itself announced in 2015 under the Project Cullinan name. This name comes from the Cullinan Diamond, the largest flawless diamond ever discovered.
After the current-gen Phantom, Cullinan will be the second Rolls-Royce to sit atop the company’s recently announced all-new proprietary aluminium architecture dubbed Architecture of Luxury. This platform will underpin most new cars from the brand’s future lineup.
While not confirmed as of now, the Cullinan will likely share the 6.75-litre twin-turbo V12 petrol motor with Phantom. In the latter, this motor produces 563bhp of power and 900Nm of torque. However, figures might vary in the Cullinan.
Rolls-Royce has also hinted at Cullinan's off-road abilities. In an official statement, the company said, “Like the diamond, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan has undertaken a fascinating journey. From the searing deserts of Africa and the Middle East to the freezing snows of the Arctic Circle; from the grassy glens of the Scottish Highlands to the towering canyons of North America, the designers, engineers, craftspeople and artisans of the House of Rolls-Royce have shaped, tested and polished this unique motor car to eliminate any flaw and make it Effortless, Everywhere”.
The Cullinan is expected to go official in summer this year. Deliveries will likely begin sometime in early 2019.