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The reveal process of the Rolls-Royce Cullinan has begun, as the manufacturer has revealed the car’s pop-out, tailgate-mounted seats and table.

It’s the latest in a slew of recent developments surrounding the Cullinan – the brand recently confirmed the car’s name earlier this month, while recent spy shots showed the car with as little disguise as we’ve seen, revealing much of the Phantom-like look of the car.

Each of the seats, which are rear-facing and intended for use while the car is not in motion, bears the Rolls-Royce double R logo, and they both fold back into a compartment on the boot floor.

The Phantom’s influence is clear to see, with a near-identical fascia at the front, and D-shaped taillights at the rear.

The Bentley Bentayga rival was 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.

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

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The machine’s boxy design takes after Rolls-Royce’s flagship Phantom, as opposed to the smoother-looking Ghost. 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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Source:: Autocar