The Cullinan is claimed to be an all-terrain, high-bodied car that makes the idea of authentic, luxury off-road travel a reality for the first time
Rolls Royce has lifted the veils off its arguably the most talked about model in recent memory, the new Cullinan. Partly because it is the company’s foray into luxury SUV for the first time ever and on the same note the first super luxury crossover in the world.
First thing is first and it is time name! The Cullinan nameplate is inspired from the largest diamond ever discovered and is now part of the British Crown Jewels – in a same way the SUV tries to be the crowing jewel of the world automotive space.
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The Westhampnett-headquartered brand endorses the Cullinan as an all-terrain, high-bodied car that makes the idea of authentic, luxury off-road travel a reality for the first time. The idea of an ultra luxurious SUV from Rolls-Royce materialised simply because the customers asked for it.
It is the second vehicle built on the new aluminum ‘Architecture of Luxury’ platform and shares plenty of elements with the latest generation Phantom. Underneath the bonnet, as we suspected, lies an updated twin turbocharged 6.75-litre V12 engine which is good enough to generate a maximum power output of 571 PS and 850 Nm of peak torque delivered from as low as 1,600 rpm.
Don’t get the luxury tag fool you as the performance numbers are nothing short of impressive as well. The new Rolls-Royce Cullinan’s acceleration time from zero to 100 kmph has not been official announced but it has a top speed of 250 kmph. The re-engineered chassis has self-leveling air suspension with larger air struts and more air volume, along with stronger drive and propeller shafts to rightfully offer the ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ even on bad surface conditions.
The front axles gain new double-wishbone design and the rear uses a five-link setup. Drive is sent to the four wheels via a new all-wheel drive system which gets a unique ‘Everywhere’ button, helping in utilisation of all the torque at even the toughest terrain conditions. It is claimed to have the deepest wading depth of any luxury SUV at 540 mm.
When driving off-road, the Cullinan’s active damper adjustment system will use an air compressor to actively push down any wheel it detects losing traction, in order to ensure that all wheels are constantly in contact with the ground. The Cullinan measures 5,341 mm long, 2,164 mm wide, 1,835 mm tall and has a massive wheelbase of 3,295 mm with unladen weight og 2,660 kilograms. It is 200 mm taller, 166 mm wider and features 303 mm longer wheelbase than the chief rival Bentley Bentayga.
The Cullinan also boasts highly advanced driver assistance and safety features such as Night Vision, Vision Assist, Collision Warning, Cross-Traffic Warning, Lane Departure and Lane Change Warning, Alertness Assistant, four camera system with Panoramic, all-round visibility and overhead view, Active Cruise Control, high resolution HUD and WiFi hotspot as well as a flurry of navigation and in-car entertainment systems. All these excellence costs $325,000 MSRP (Rs. 2.18 crore approx) before you glance over the options list.
Owners will get to choose two configurations for rear seats: Lounge (bench) and Individual (two-seat). With parcel shelf, the Cullinan has bootspace of 560 litres and removing it increases the volume by 40 more litres. For the first-time in RR history, the rear seats can be folded down creating a massive luggage capacity of 1,930 litres with 2,245 mm loading length as it thrives to be the most practical Rolls-Royce machine of all time.
“The Clasp” tailgate is a two-section unit and features a pair of picnic seats while the main highlight being deployable glass partition that isolates the cabin from luggage compartment and emphasises the quietness and maintain optimum cabin temperature.
The new Rolls Royce Cullinan automatically lowers itself by 40mm when you approach it for easier entry, with the cabin featuring a completely flat floor and one of the widest door apertures available, thanks to the suicide rear doors. The steering wheel is thicker and smaller than other Rolls Royces while the central infotainment display is a touchscreen.