It was only natural when British brand announced about making its first ever SUV 2018 Rolls-Royce Cullinan. The company started developing the prototype in 2015 and of late the spy shots of the model have been captured and posted on the web. It seems pretty close to the final version though the company has not said much. The Rolls Royce Cullinan, named after world’s largest diamond, is all set to lock horns with its arch rival, the venerable Bentley Bentayga upon release.
2018 Rolls-Royce Cullinan – Features Design and Technology
In last couple of years the test prototype of Project Cullinan, as it was called by the company, was spotted at several places. The recent spy shots indicate the vehicle is was close to the production stage. The camouflage cover is not enough to hide the shape and exterior styling of the luxury SUV, as it is. The company says it will be an off road capable SUV. The boxy shape and macho styling area apparent even under the cover. The front bumper is likely to have several holes to let in cool air. The headlights are rectangular and a huge grille is there at front with lots of chrome on it. Despite its massive size, the Cullinan SUV will not be overly heavy, thanks to liberal use of aluminum in its body. The brand calls it ‘aluminum space frame architecture’.
Not much is known about the cabin of the upcoming 2018 Rolls-Royce Cullinan but it is likely to be steeped in luxury at all corners. The cabin may be draped in finest leathers and it will also get oodles of quality wood trim. The buyers will get plenty of customization choices in upholstery finish and color, as it is natural with any Rolls Royce vehicle.
The 2018 Rolls-Royce Cullinan is expected to be laden with modern safety features and plenty of amenities.
2018 Rolls-Royce Cullinan – Expected Engine Details
The company has not confirmed anything on the powertrain to be used in the upcoming Cullinan SUV. However, it is going to be a beefy engine beyond doubt given the fact it will battle the Bentayga. Chances are there Rolls Royce will make use of the powerful 6.8-litre V12 engine used in the new version of Phantom. The engine may be enhanced for solid performance. However, there is no word on the possibility of any hybrid or pure electric power train. Rolls Royce, however, has said the engineers are developing a special suspension for the 2018 Cullinan SUV and on rough terrains, it will offer the iconic magic carpet ride experience.
2018 Rolls-Royce Cullinan – Price and Expected Release Date
No release date of the Rolls Royce Cullinan SUV has been fixed yet. However, it could be unveiled sometime in first quarter of 2018. The pricing is not clear but it could be close to $420,000 or so. It could actually be the priciest car in luxury SUV segment.
The 2018 Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV is an ambitious vehicle that the iconic British carmaker is upbeat about. It is going to battle the Bentley Bentayga and has a lofty target to fulfill. The design will be influenced by a Phantom sedan and the usage of aluminum will be there to bring down overall body weight. The engine and pricing are not clear. However, with a right combination of feature and performance, it has the potential to become the flagship SUV filthy rich lot will swoon at.