The all-wheel-drive Bentley Bentayga rival, due to arrive this year, will be first Rolls-Royce SUV

Rolls-Royce has confirmed that its first SUV, due to be unveiled this year, will be called the Cullinan.

The Bentley Bentayga rival has been labeled 'Project Cullinan' during its development, although the company maintained it had not decided upon a final model name. 

The name is inspired by the Cullinan Diamond, a 3106-carat jewel extracted from a South African mine in 1905. It was split into nine stones, with the two largest portions used in the British Imperial Crown and the Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross.

Rolls-Royce boss Torsten Muller-Otvos said the Cullinan name had been “hiding in plain sight”, and added: “It is the most fitting name for our extraordinary new product.”

The Cullinan, which Rolls-Royce refers to as a 'high-sided vehicle' rather than an 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 technology from parent company the BMW Group. Rolls-Royce has dismissed the idea of a diesel option due to the comparative lack of refinement offered by such units.

The all-wheel-drive machine will also use the same aluminium spaceframe platform, named the 'Architecture of Luxury', as the Phantom.
 

The Cullinan has conducted an extensive testing and development programme, and last year was spotted at the Nürburgring.

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1 December 2016
Why?
Lee J

1 December 2016
flappy88 wrote:

Why?

Profit

1 December 2016
The masking execution is unfortunate, making the car look like an old commercial van. Not sure that's the effect Rolls was after - do they really think prospective owners start salivating?

1 December 2016
soldi wrote:

The masking execution is unfortunate, making the car look like an old commercial van. Not sure that's the effect Rolls was after - do they really think prospective owners start salivating?

Prospective owners will have had personal invites to see it undisguised - these pictures are just for us plebs.

2 December 2016
flappy88 wrote:

Why?

Demand.

9 December 2016
Who teaches car designers to think 'pretty' is a rude word? There's something ugly about these tanks being aspirational and as for the people who think 'exclusive' is the same as expensive....

9 December 2016
Bullfinch wrote:

Who teaches car designers to think 'pretty' is a rude word? There's something ugly about these tanks being aspirational and as for the people who think 'exclusive' is the same as expensive....

'Elegance' in car design.... hmmm.... Ah yes, I remember that!

Before every manufacturer jumped onto the SUV craze bandwagon and started styling their vehicles to look like fat a**ed vans, walls of sheet metal instead of elegant design, overly aggressive front styling to bully other motorists.

13 February 2018

What has been clear since prototypes have been seen is that the proportions are all wrong. Specifically, the greenhouse is way too tall. Perhaps the full-fat Range Rover was the benchmark whereas the Velar should've been the model (though not revealed during the Cullinan's development). This totally lacks elegance which a far shallower top half would've created. Or tried to...  

8 February 2017
flappy88 wrote:

Why?

Rag heads

13 February 2018

Because it'll sell, an it'll be wonderful.

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