Was called the Project Cullinan during vehicle development; will share all-new aluminium chassis with Phantom.
Rolls-Royce has finally confirmed the name of its upcoming SUV, calling it the Cullinan. While its shape and silhouette is unmistakably SUV-like, the brand is opting to call the model an ‘all-terrain, high-sided vehicle’.
The name is inspired by the Cullinan Diamond, a 3,106-carat jewel extracted from a South African mine in 1905. 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 boxy-looking SUV has been under development for three years now and will be the first model from the brand to be offered with all-wheel drive.
It is likely to be powered by a version of the Phantom’s 6.8-litre, V12 engine, which puts out 571hp and 900Nm in the flagship sedan. While a plug-in hybrid powertrain is expected to be offered at a later date, with tech borrowed from parent BMW, Rolls-Royce has dismissed the idea of a diesel variant claiming a lack of refinement.
Another bit that the Cullinan will share with the Phantom is the all-new aluminium spaceframe chassis that debuted on the latter.
The Cullinan has been spotted at various locations such as the Arctic Circle, the deserts of the Middle East, as well as the Nurburgring. It is due to debut internationally this year and set to go up against the Bentley Bentayga. Stay tuned for more.