Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV Makes World Debut

Rolls Royce Cullinan TEASED ahead of launch this week - New design element revealed

But the Rolls Royce Cullinan isn't just a high-riding limousine with a polished name and the enviable Spirit of Ecstasy on a boxy bodywork.

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

Power in the Cullinan comes from the same 6.75 litre V12 as the Phantom, but with tweaks to deliver just the right amount of torque - 627lb/ft - to compliment the 4WD system and four-wheel steering, and with 563bhp. Peak power is 420kW, with combined economy of 15 litres per 100km.

In the meantime, Carfection got up close and personal with the new Cullinan and while the exterior is pretty straightforward, it's the cabin we wanted to explore in more detail. The Cullinan rides on 22-inch wheels. Key stats: Cullinan is 5341mm long, 1835mm high and running on a massive 3295mm wheelbase.

Rolls-Royce has said it plans to build its next SUV in Britain, ahead of the big reveal of the luxury Cullinan model at noon today. When driving off-road, the Cullinan's electronically controlled suspension 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 that maximum torque is being provided to all wheels.

"Fly fishing, photography, rock climbing, snowboarding, parascending, kite boarding, base jumping, volcano boarding or simply sitting and taking in the view, anything is possible thanks to the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective", says the marque in its latest release. With a 540 mm wading depth, the Cullinan doesn't quite match the Range Rover's 900 mm but trumps the Bentayga's 500 mm.

The model has a number of design features unique to Rolls-Royce and a few unique to the luxury-SUV genre. Rolls-Royce refers to it as the "everywhere" button.

Kneeling before those occupants, the Cullinan lowers itself by 1.7 inches when they press the keyfob or touch the beautifully chrome-plated door handles, unlocking serious riches inside. Rolls-Royce says all areas throughout the interior are heated, including the armrests, front center console lid, and lower C-Pillar.

Buyers who forego fold-down rear seats can enjoy champagne or a glass of whiskey instead. At higher cruising speeds, the rear wheels turn in the same direction as the front wheels for better stability. In essence, it features two rear-facing leather chairs with an accompanying cocktail table in the SUV's rear compartment. The module will then be created to contain all the relevant paraphernalia required for the suggested activity. If you prefer comfort to cargo space your other option is a pair of individual highly adjustable seats. Access via coach door, of course.

One of the more eccentric options is the Cullinan Viewing Suite. One's first guess as to where that might be likely will be the Royal Ascot, the preeminent horse race, and that's a good start. But a press brief issued this week gradually eased into use of the acronym, SUV, first describing the Cullinan as an "all-terrain high-bodied" auto, one distinguished from the run-of-the-mill both by design and a "three-box" structure that separates back-seat passengers from the luggage compartment. At 3106 carats, it remains the largest diamond ever discovered. After being split into nine stones, the two largest were used in the British imperial crown and the Sovereign's Sceptre with Cross.

It will have a price befitting a Rolls-Royce SUV, estimated to be around the £230,000 mark.

- The Cullinan has been in the making for three years, it will make its global premiere tomorrow.

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