After months of hypothesis, Rolls-Royce has confirmed its forthcoming SUV will use the Cullinan title when it is launched later this 12 months. The Bentley Bentayga rival is claimed to “redefine luxurious journey”, and the most recent spy pictures reveal extra of the automobile’s exterior.
Described as a “high-sided automobile” moderately than an SUV by the British luxurious automobile maker, the Cullinan’s title has been used because the venture codename for a while. It is taken from the Cullinan diamond, a 3106-carat jewel unearthed in South Africa in 1905 that is stated to be the most important flawless diamond ever discovered.
Little info has been revealed in regards to the automobile thus far, with Rolls-Royce describing it as “easy, all over the place”. The official disguised photos launched with the automobile slot in with that temporary, exhibiting a number of the automobile’s arduous testing regime in Africa, the Center East and the Arctic Circle.
We beforehand noticed the Cullinan testing on the Nurburgring racetrack. Whereas the demanding German observe, nicknamed the ‘Inexperienced Hell’, is incessantly utilized by carmakers to check their newest autos, we did not anticipate to see the comfort-oriented Cullinan being pushed to its limits there. The prototype is sporting the same old disguise, however the square-edged profile of the Bentley Bentayga-rivalling manufacturing automobile can clearly be seen.
One other take a look at mule was beforehand caught being hitched up on a trailer, the place the imposing entrance finish was revealed in full. Whereas the lights and Spirit of Ecstasy bonnet mascot are lacking, the trademark massive chrome grille is evident to see, whereas the entrance bumper options quite a few air intakes to information cooling air to the engine and brakes. The upright grille is flanked by rectangular headlight housings, and total the Cullinan’s form is immediately recogniseable.
Additionally seen is the Rolls-Royce badge and aspect repeater that is set into the entrance wing behind the wheelarch – a well-recognized trendy Rolls styling cue – whereas a rubbing strip runs throughout the entrance and rear-hinged again door, though whether or not that’s stored on the ultimate manufacturing automobile stays to be seen. The Cullinan’s boxy proportions are harking back to a raised-up Phantom, which is a glance that fits the standard SUV template. The massive seven-spoke alloy wheels are much like these discovered on the Ghost, though like that automobile consumers are prone to get a wide range of wheel choices in numerous shapes and sizes.
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Rolls-Royce confirmed growth of an all-new aluminium structure for the Cullinan earlier this 12 months. The brand new platform may also finally be used for a next-generation Phantom, and the announcement that manufacturing of the present mannequin has stopped confirms this. An all-new suspension system is being primed for the manufacturing Cullinan too, alongside the four-wheel-drive system.
Chatting with Auto Categorical on the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Present, Rolls-Royce boss Torsten Muller-Otvos revealed that the upcoming Rolls-Royce SUV can be launched within the first half of 2018.
He was assured in regards to the progress being made on growing the model’s first high-riding SUV mannequin, though he prefers to name it an all terrain automobile.
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And in a direct dig at Bentley, which describes its Bentayga because the “greatest SUV on this planet”, he added: “The Bentley SUV is clearly the quantity two; Rolls-Royce is one of the best on this planet and will likely be when our mannequin arrives. We are going to deliver a terrific new automobile, and an genuine Rolls-Royce into the market.”
If the Bentayga’s preliminary success is something to go by, there isn’t any doubt the Cullinan might be the strongest-selling Rolls-Royce lately. However do not anticipate the model to undertake a mass-market pricing technique: that is nonetheless very a lot a bespoke, hand-made automobile and the value will certainly replicate that. In any case, even the ‘least expensive’ Rolls-Royce Ghost weighs in at practically £250,000.
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