Rolls-Royce‘s new Cullinan SUV is the “car that makes the idea of authentic, luxury off-road travel a reality”, according to its British manufacturer.
The high-class off-roader is Rolls-Royce’s answer to the Bentley Bentayga, and promises unprecedented levels of all-wheel-drive sumptuousness.
Inside the aluminium shell, there are massive heated and ventilated seats, while the dashboard is full of high-tech gubbins. In a Rolls-Royce first, the Cullinan has a touch screen, but that’s just the beginning. There’s a night-vision camera, a bird’s-eye manoeuvring camera and a head-up display. There’s a panoramic roof, too, and a touchscreen map in the rear.
Under the bonnet, there’s a 6.75-litre twin-turbocharged V12 petrol engine, designed to be silky smooth and whisper quiet, despite its enormity and power. The Goodwood-based manufacturer hasn’t confirmed the Cullinan’s power output, although the brand has announced a torque figure of 850Nm at 1,600rpm.
It has proper off-road technology, too, with clever air suspension that pushes down to improve traction and four-wheel steering – as well as four-wheel drive.
“At this point in the history of automotive design, SUVs have become homogenous and ubiquitous,” said Giles Taylor, director of design at Rolls-Royce. “The label SUV is now applied to anything with a two-box silhouette and the least suggestion of going off tarmac. We envisioned an authentic, three-box all-terrain high-bodied car with a convention-challenging design and absolute capability that would satisfy the adventurous urges of our clients.”