The Rolls-Royce Cullinan
Rolls-Royce believes that its customers want to go everywhere in luxury, effortlessly and without compromise. Even the hashtag that was created for the brand’s launch of the Cullinan SUV describes the vision: #EffortlessEverywhere.
‘#EffortlessEverywhere is not just the promise behind [the] Cullinan. It’s the fact,’ says Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO at RollsRoyce Motor Cars.
It was named after the largest diamond ever discovered, which now resides in the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom.
The design team treated this brandnew Rolls-Royce as a unique, high-bodied car. It had to possess an immediate sense of accomplishment. And instead of what Rolls-Royce calls the ‘two-box silhouette’ of an SUV, it developed a ‘three-box highbodied all-terrain car with a conventionchallenging design’. The Cullinan’s retractable glass partition isolates the passenger cabin from the luggage compartment, in a nod to the era when luggage was mounted outside the vehicle.There is a choice of either a lounge seat or individual seats for the rear passengers, with the love seat being the most functional as it can accommodate three passengers. But if it is ultimate luxury you’re after, then the individual seats are ideal, with separation by a fixed rear centre console incorporating a drinks cabinet with Rolls-Royce whisky glasses and a decanter, Champagne flutes and a refrigerator.
The Cullinan will keep you connected with five USB ports throughout the cabin, and phones can be charged wirelessly.
The car lowers itself by 40mm when you enter or exit the vehicle, and all seats are heated and cooled. The rear doors close themselves automatically.
And just in case you thought you couldn’t get any more comfortable, the drivetrain system has been engineered to ‘ bring the famed Rolls-Royce “Magic Carpet Ride” to all other terrains, while ensuring classleading on-road behaviour in the SUV sector’. With a 6.75 ℓ twin-turbo V12 Rolls-Royce engine, you’re guaranteed to get to your destination in a speedy fashion.
Local Rolls-Royce distributor Daytona says we will see four of these vehicles arrive in SA later in 2018, with more orders scheduled for 2019. Daytona can’t confirm a price, but it is expected to be the most expensive SUV available in South Africa. The Bentley Bentayga currently holds that spot with its price tag of just under R4 million. Start saving.
under the bonnet
Model: Rolls-Royce Cullinan Engine: 6.75 ℓ twin-turbo V12, 420kW, 850Nm Combined fuel consumption: 15 ℓ /100km Luggage compartment: 526 ℓ Price: POR