Rolls-Royce Cullinan breaks cover

By autoX Editorial | on May 10, 2018

The £250,000 high-riding Rolls has finally been fully revealed.

After a rather long prelude, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan has finally been revealed the British carmaker’s most technologically advanced vehicle.

The high-riding Rolls is officially defined as the first ‘three-box’ vehicle in the SUV sector, because its rear partition wall separates the luggage compartment from the rear seats. That aside, the Cullinan cannot be mistaken for anything but Rolls-Royce.

Up front, there’s a large, exaggerated, chrome-studded grille, which is flanked by the comparatively smaller, rectangular headlamps. The sides feature clean and muscular character lines. The D-shaped tail lights, too, are unmistakably Rolls.

This is the second new Rolls-Royce to sit on the all-new aluminium ‘Architecture of Luxury’. Claimed to be tested to destruction all over the planet, Cullinan sports off-roading capabilities with ‘Magic Carpet Ride’, which delivers off-road enjoyment without sacrificing any Rolls-Royce on-road behaviour, thanks to the latest-gen self-levelling air suspension.

Rr cullinan interior

Power comes from a Phantom-sourced 6.75-litre twin-turbo V12, which produces 563bhp of max power and 850Nm of peak torque. Obviously, this SUV sports a new all-wheel drive, all-wheel steer system to overcome terrain-related challenges.

In the case of driving off-road, the electronically controlled shock absorber adjustment system uses an air compression system to actively push down any wheel it detects losing traction to ensure every wheel is constantly in contact with the ground and maximum torque is being provided to all wheels.

There’s also an on-board button that Rolls likes to call the ‘Everywhere’ button. Once engaged, the driver can finesse the off-road setting to go over any situation, whether it be rough track, gravel, wet grass, mud, snow or sand, delivering all 850Nm of torque to all four wheels without interruption.

Rr Cullinan 3

Inside, it is exactly what you’d expect from Rolls –- both in terms of design and the overall attention to detail. Obviously, limitless levels of customisation options from a wide range of wood, chrome, leather, etc. will be offered to make each Cullinan’s interior special for its owner. However, the floating ‘Gallery’ dashboard design has been given a miss – it’s a feature that Rolls-Royce would like to offer exclusively on the flagship Phantom.

The Cullinan is available to order now in select markets. India launch should happen sometime later this year.

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