Three years ago, Rolls-Royce announced it would build “The Rolls-Royce of SUVs”, with luxury, performance and usability levels never before seen in the SUV market.
Today, that promise is fulfilled with an all-new, highly-anticipated model from the marque: The Rolls-Royce Cullinan.
Cullinan at a glance
- The most anticipated car of 2018 and, quite possibly, the most anticipated Rolls-Royce of all time.
- Named after the largest diamond ever discovered which is now encrusted in the British Crown.
- An all-terrain high-bodied car that makes the idea of authentic, luxury off-road travel a reality for the first time.
- Contemporary and functional design
- The first “three-box” car in the SUV-sector. Cullinan’s partition wall creates a distinct environment for passengers, separated from the luggage compartment.
What is Cullinan?
The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is Rolls-Royce as it’s never seen before.
For the first time, a Rolls-Royce has an opening tailgate, which it calls ‘The Clasp’. In a nod to the era when luggage was mounted on the exterior of the motor-car, so the occupants did not travel with their belongings, the rear profile of Cullinan is a two-part, ‘D-Back’ format, with the bustle denoting the place of the luggage. ‘The Clasp’ opens and closes in its two sections automatically at the touch of the key fob button.
The rear passenger compartment of Cullinan has been designed to offer the best seat in the house for the owner’s particular needs. Two rear configurations are offered – Lounge Seats or Individual Seats.
The Lounge Seat configuration is the more functional of the two options. With space for three passengers in the rear, it will likely be more attractive to families. The rear seats also fold down – a first for Rolls-Royce.
For those who intend to transport large items back from their adventures, the rear of Cullinan offers a large amount of space in different arrangements.
Knowing that the Rolls-Royce customer expects to bespoke his or her Cullinan, a second rear configuration is offered.
The Individual Seat configuration is for those who value the ultimate luxury an SUV can offer over practicality. The two individual rear seats are separated by a Fixed Rear Centre Console incorporating a drinks cabinet with Rolls-Royce whisky glasses and decanter, champagne flutes and refrigerator. The seats also move in a number of planes to offer ultimate comfort whilst travelling in the rear.
One final feature brings a final Rolls-Royce level of ultimate luxury to this configuration of Cullinan, creating the first truly “three-box” SUV. Inspired by the age when one never travelled with ones luggage, a glass partition isolates the passenger cabin from the luggage compartment, creating an inner ecosystem for the occupants.
Thanks to the sealed cabin created by the glass partition wall, the occupants can remain in the optimum temperature even when the luggage compartment stands open.
Cullinan awakes at the touch of the unlock button on the Bespoke key, or indeed by simply reaching out to its tactile stainless steel door handle. It lowers itself by 40mm to make entry effortless.
Having stepped directly into the cabin, thanks to the wide aperture of the doors and completely flat floor, driver and passengers press the door closing button to seal themselves within the Cullinan’s cabin.
All information is clearly communicated by the latest generation of digital instruments, with the displays themselves designed with clear virtual needles, Rolls-Royce jewellery-like chaplets and clear lettering.
The central information screen is for the first time touch sensitive, allowing the driver to quickly select functions, map views and vehicle set-up whilst on the trail. height adjustment controls.
Further equipment includes: Night Vision and Vision Assist including daytime and night-time Wildlife & Pedestrian warning; Alertness Assistant; a 4-Camera system with Panoramic View, all-round visibility and helicopter view; Active Cruise Control; Collision Warning; Cross-Traffic Warning, Lane Departure and Lane Change Warning; an industry leading 7×3 High-Resolution Head-Up Display, WiFi hotspot, and of course the latest Navigation and Entertainment Systems.
Those in the rear sit higher than those in the front of the car on Rolls-Royce’s Pavilion Seating, enjoying grand views of their surroundings thanks to the large glazed area of Cullinan’s side windows and industry-leading panoramic glass roof. on their location on the rear touchscreen map.
Electronic devices can be charged via the five USB ports around the cabin, whilst phones can be wirelessly charged in the front of the cabin.