The Rolls-Royce Cullinan, the luxury SUV offering from one of the world’s leading luxury automaker Rolls-Royce, has been launched in India at a price tag of Rs 6.95 Crore (ex-showroom, Delhi). Interestingly, the SUV comes with a host of customisation options meant to suit the taste of its owner and hence, there are many accessories to choose from which, in turn, bumps up the price even higher.
The Cullinan is named after the largest diamond ever discovered which now resides in the British Crown Jewels. It is the brand’s first SUV and is said to be the most luxurious SUV to hit the market ever. Unlike the Bentley Bentayga, which is built on a platform shared with the Audi Q7 and Lamborghini Urus, among others, the Cullinan will be built on the bespoke aluminium platform that is also being used for the new Rolls-Royce Phantom.
The cabin has 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.
In somewhat typical Rolls-Royce style, the luxury brand is refraining from using such common terms as crossover or SUV to describe Project Cullinan, and is instead calling it an "all-terrain, high-sided vehicle”.
Keeping with the grand theme that is associated with Rolls-Royce cars, the SUV measures a whopping 5341 mm in length, 2164mm in width and has a 3295mm long wheelbase. The design highlight, however, has to be the large chrome grille up front that gives Cullinan the Rolls-Royce look.
One of the interesting features that come along with the Cullinan is the two electrically operated seats which are mounted inside the boot and can be deployed once the boot lid is open. This is meant for those who want to enjoy say, a picnic, and want to be seated on these chairs and have champagne.
Powering the Cullinan is a 6.75-litre V12 engine that makes 563 bhp of power and 850 Nm of torque which is delivered as low as 1,600 RPM.
And since it is an SUV, it boasts of proper off-road capabilities as well. The off-road mode is called ‘Everywhere’ and can be customised as per the terrain – track, gravel, wet grass, mud, sand or snow. The car comes with all-wheel drive and when off-road, it uses the electronic suspension to deliver torque as per the requirement of each wheel by pressing down on it at low traction surfaces.
Overall, the Cullinan comes with one of the highest levels of craftsmanship in any luxury car and is said to be the ‘Rolls-Royce’ of SUVs.