New sightings suggest Rolls-Royce’s first SUV is entering its latter stages of development; it will get an all-wheel drive system and rival the Bentley Bentayga
A Rolls Royce Cullinan SUV has been spotted parked outside of a crash test site, suggesting that the model is entering the latter stages of pre-production development.
This supports information that the brand’s first all-wheel drive model will make it to market in early 2018, when it will rival the Bentley Bentayga in the highest ranks of the luxury SUV segment.
The car, which is yet to be officially named but is referred to internally as Project Cullinan, will likely 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.
Rolls-Royce describes its future model as an ‘all-terrain, high-sided vehicle’. It will lend its aluminium architecture to all other Rolls-Royce models from 2018.
The Cullinan’s boxy design takes after Rolls-Royce’s flagship Phantom, as opposed to the smoother-looking Ghost. Recent spy shots also show that the rear doors of the Cullinan are rear-hinged, as seen on the Ghost and Phantom.
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