Rolls-Royce Cullinan: new images of the upcoming ultra-luxury SUV

Rolls-Royce has released another image of the preview of its next Cullinan, which shows a section of the central console buttons, one of which is marked Off-Road.

Rolls-Royce is clearly eager to stress that the car will be capable of driving off-road. There are also buttons to increase the height of the car. The new following image shows a tail-light, with the Rolls-Royce logo to the inside.

The Cullinan, due to launch later this year, is claimed to mix ultra-luxury with genuine off-road ability.

To demonstrate the element of luxury, Rolls-Royce has unveiled the car pop out, the tailgate mounted on the seats and the table at the beginning of this year after the confirmation of the car of the same name. Recent spy shots showed the Cullinan with the least disguise, we’ve seen yet, revealing a large part of the Phantom, as the appearance of the car.

Each of the pop-out rear-facing seats and intended for use while the car is not in motion, the door of the Rolls-Royce logo. The two fold back into a compartment in the floor of the trunk.


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The Phantom of the influence is clear to see, with a near-identical fairing to the front and D-shaped tail-lights at the rear. The boxy design shows that the Cullinan takes after the Ghost rather than the smoother aspect – Spirit. Spy shots show that the rear doors are rear-hinged, as seen on the Phantom and the Ghost.

The rival Bentley Bentayga has been called “the Project Cullinan’ in the course of its development. The name is inspired by the Diamond Cullinan, 3106 carats, jewel extracted from a South African mine in 1905. It has been divided into nine stones, with the two main used in the British imperial crown and the Sovereign’s Sceptre with the Cross.

Rolls-Royce boss Torsten Müller-Ötvös, said the Cullinan name had been “hiding in plain sight”, adding: “It is the most suitable for our extraordinary new products.”

The Cullinan, which Rolls-Royce refers to as a “high-sided vehicle” rather than SUV, is likely to use a developed version of the Phantom’s 6.8-litre V12 engine. A plug-in hybrid powertrain could also be offered at a later stage, using the technology of the parent company BMW. Rolls-Royce has dismissed a diesel option because of the lack of refinement offered by such units.

The all-wheel car will use the same aluminium chassis platform, called the Architecture of Luxury, like the Ghost.

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