When the world-renowned luxury car maker decides to produce an off-road SUV, we all know that it will be the kind of SUV ever seen before. That is the case of the new Rolls Royce Cullinan. A car so exquisite that it was named after the biggest diamond discovered to date. The Roll Royce Cullinan is a combination of extreme luxury and performance all wrapped up in a big body typical of a regular SUV.
Being The First SUV and off-road vehicle ever produced by Rolls Royce, people had a mixed feeling about the vehicle but one look at the design will cast all your doubts away. The three years wait was worth it after all. So what makes the Rolls Royce Cullinan so special? you may ask… After reading this review, your question will be answered.
When it comes to design, The Cullinan has been developed on the Architecture of Luxury – Rolls-Royce’s proprietary all-aluminum platform the also houses the recently unveiled Phantom VIII. It was designed to be scalable to the size and weight required of different future Rolls-Royce models, including those with different propulsion, traction, and control systems, thus underpinning the long-term future product roadmap.
The company also achieved their aim of including the magic carpet ride on the Cullinan, joining the likes of Mercedes who introduced the system on the latest s-class.
The new Cullinan’s architecture is lighter and the car features next-generation self-leveling air suspension. The Engineers were also required to add larger air struts with more air volume to cushion the blows of tougher terrains giving the Cullinan a perfect off-road capability.
For the first time in the company’s history, an all-wheel-drive system was made available with the drive, engine and prop shafts also strengthened and refined to deliver the right amount of torque at the lowest possible revolutions.
The new Cullinan automatically lowers by 40mm when unlocked to allow easier access to the vehicle and once the car is started, the car is elevated by 40mm to its standard riding height. .. isn’t that awesome?
Also, just like a typical Rolls, the rear doors open in the reverse direction to the front, making it the first SUV to have that… I think.
From the side and the rear, the car is better looking, especially at the back with the new inset rear light signature.
The car sits on large 22-inch alloy wheels covered with actual truck tires that give off that rugged look that is typical of any off-road vehicle and will have a high-riding driving position.
Safety features on the Cullinan include Night Vision and Vision Assist including daytime and night-time Wildlife & Pedestrian warning; Alertness Assistant; a 4-Camera system with Panoramic View, all-round visibility and helicopter view; Active Cruise Control; Collision Warning; Cross-Traffic Warning, Lane Departure and Lane Change Warning; an industry-leading 7×3 High-Resolution Head-Up Display, WiFi hotspot, and of course the latest Navigation Systems.
We all know what Rolls Royce can do when it comes to interior designs. We have seen that in many of their cars and the new Cullinan is not an exception.
Comfort features for the driver and the passengers include a heated steering wheel and heated and ventilated seats throughout the cabin which is typical of Roll Royce cars. This feature comes with a separate control unit for passengers sitting in the backseat of the car.
At the center of the dashboard is a touch-sensitive screen for the first time on a Rolls Royce. This improves the user-friendliness of the car’s infotainment system and shows what the car is all about. The functions can also be controlled by the traditional dial, which sits in the center console and now has an added ‘Off-Road’ button, Hill Descent Control button and Air Suspension height adjustment controls.
The Car features a D-Back design that separates the luggage compartment completely from the rear passengers with a glass partition. This is done to reduce interior noise. This design also helps to maintain the temperature in the cabin even when the boot is open.
Two rear passenger configurations are offered for the Cullinan – Lounge Seats or Individual Seats – with the former being the most practical, offering space for three passengers. However, the latter is designed for two passengers serrated by a Fixed Rear Centre Console which includes a drinks cabinet with Rolls-Royce whiskey glasses and decanter, champagne flutes, and a refrigerator… interesting, isn’t it?
Wifi hotspot, a state of the art infotainment system and Five USB ports also come standard on the new Cullinan. The Five USB ports have been incorporated around the car as has a rear touchscreen map and wireless charging pads in the front of the car.
Also, all surfaces on the Cullinan are heated including the front door armrests, front center console lid, lower C-Pillar, rear side armrests and center armrest.
A number of different materials can be specified including high-quality wood, polished metals, and leather.
Engine and Transmission
Powering the car is the same 6.75 liter twin-turbo V12 Rolls-Royce engine under the hood of the Phantom VIII, revealed last year. The engine delivers 563bhp and 850Nm of torque to the all-new all-wheel drive, all-wheel steer system. The all-wheel steer system enables the new Cullinan to give off an outstanding performance while cornering. The ZF’s 8HP 8-speed automatic transmission is the Cullinan’s sole gearbox option.
Trying to get the Rolls Royce Cullinan will take At least $325,000 off your bank account and you’ll have to wait in line because the car is set to go on towards the end of 2018.