2019 ROLLSROYCE CULLINAN
ON SALE: Preorders open now; deliveries early 2019 BASE PRICE: $350,000 (est)
The inevitable RollsRoyce SUV has finally arrived, and the Cullinan is exactly what we expected: large, luxurious, bespoke, and expensive. It’s not entirely the storied marque’s first utility rodeo, as many of the custom Rolls-Royces built for the Maharajas of India in the 1920s and ’30s for purposes such as tiger hunting were effectively the ultraluxury SUVs of their time.
Power comes from, what else, the marque’s signature 6.75-liter twinturbo V-12, making 563 hp and 627 lb-ft routed through an eight-speed automatic. It needs all the power it can get to move its considerable 5,864 pounds, spread across a length of 210 inches. Allwheel drive and all-wheel steering are standard, and the Cullinan is underpinned by the same Architecture of Luxury platform as the new Phantom. Being a RollsRoyce, your Cullinan will be built exactly how you order it, provided the wire transfers clear.