Marcus De Guzman / Rolls-Royce | May 11, 2018 12:51
Rolls-Royce ventures into the super-luxury SUV segment with all-new Cullinan
It's official: Rolls-Royce has revealed their first-ever SUV, the Cullinan.
The high-riding Rolls-Royce gets its name from the largest diamond ever found (a 3100+ carat gem-quality diamond) that became a part of the Royal Crown Jewels in the UK. The Cullinan serves as Rolls-Royce's all-terrain, high-bodied luxury motor car.
“We knew we had to offer our clients what they couldn’t find in the SUV market. They do not accept limitations or compromises in their lives. They are the new pioneers, and for them it’s about their sense of adventure and daring in how they live their experiences. This approach to life demands a motor car that can go-anywhere in ultimate luxury and style – Rolls-Royce style. Hence Cullinan,” said Torsten Muller-Otvos, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
Despite being an SUV, Rolls-Royce was able to make a long-hood, short deck design for the Cullinan. The front features the brand's signature 'pantheon' grill finished in stainless steel. Also, the headlights come with 'eyebrow-shaped' LED daytime running lights which give it a more distinct face. With these elements combined, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan features a commanding stance.
Large 22-inch alloy wheels lift the Cullinan off the ground, allowing it to have a maximum wading depth of 540mm, the best in its class according to Rolls-Royce. Also making their way in the Cullinan are the coach doors from which Rolls-Royce has become famous for. Finally, there's the uniquely-designed rear that slopes down towards the tailgate and taillights themselves.
Inside, the cabin is made up of handcrafted wood, metalwork, and leather upholstery. The top portion of the dashboard is finished in 'Box Grain' black leather, a durable and water-resistant hide that is similar to the leather used on high-end designer bags. There is also the intricate wood trim that covers the lower section of the dashboard, door trim and rear center console for the rear occupants.
A host of high-tech features and cutting-edge tech come as standard on the Cullinan. These include Night Vision with Vision Assist, Wildlife and Pedestrian warning, driver alertness assistant, a four-camera system with all-around visibility and bird's-eye view, active cruise control, collision warning, cross-traffic warning, lane-departure and lane-change warning, a heads-up display and the latest in navigation and entertainment systems.
Motivation is provided by Rolls-Royce's signature 6.75-liter twin-turbo V12. The twelve-cylinder engine produces a healthy 563 PS and 850 Nm of torque. Top speed is electronically governed at 250 km/h. All-wheel drive is standard with all-wheel steering.
The chassis is called the Architecture of Luxury; like other RR models, it's an all-aluminum platform which it shares with the new-generation Phantom. It then rides on self-leveling air suspension with various configurations like off-road mode that can automatically push down a wheel whenever it detects the loss of traction
The all-new Rolls-Royce Cullinan is set to arrive in the Philippines in Q1 of 2019. In foreign markets, the Cullinan starts at around USD 325,000 (about PhP 16.5 million).