For quite some time now we have been entertaining rumors for a possibility of a 2017 Rolls-Royce SUV Cullinan but we can finally confirm today that Rolls Royce will manufacture a brand new SUV.
The prototype has been spotted testing on official roads. There are even reports that the vehicle might make its debut earlier than anticipated. With its biggest rival of old “Bentley” having already showcased its SUV model dubbed the 2017 Bentley Bentayga, Rolls-Royce is not going to be outdone. The automaker has described the vehicle as a “high-sided all-terrain vehicle”
2017 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Exterior
The automaker is yet to reveal any information about this vehicle’s exterior specifications. The model that is testing on the roads is disguised in a Phantom II body. However, the automaker revealed in a press statement that the test mule is an indication of the SUV’s expected dimensions.
This means that the 2017 Rolls-Royce SUV Cullinan will be around 20 inches shorter than the Phantom but at this size it will be among the biggest SUVs in the market. According to what we have seen in our spy shots and videos, the air suspension seems to be adjustable meaning the vehicle can vary its ground clearance depending on the ground surface.
The way we know Rolls-Royce, the new model will have an amazing grandeur and since it is meant to be a market beater, no other brand is capable of delivering such a car than the Rolls-Royce. Trademark details of the auto maker will however remain. They include the RR badge and sculpture upon a chiseled hood, a chromed grille and thin headlights.
2017 Rolls-Royce SUV Cullinan Interior
The interior styling of the 2017 Rolls-Royce SUV Cullinan will feature the best material in the market, even for the base trim model. The interior will exhibit premiere luxury.
The vehicle will feature customizable wood inserts and premium hand-stitched leather surfaces. For entertainment, the vehicle will come with the best infotainment system, audio system, large and high definition screens. The vehicle will also be hooked up with the best convenience features and a premium safety package not forgetting a full package of driving aides.
The 2017 Rolls-Royce SUV Cullinan will provide plenty of both cargo and passenger space. It will most likely feature four seats since the rear seats will likely have their own console for premium comfort and entertainment.
Engine Specs and Performance
Details on the power-train that the vehicle will use are still a closely guarded secret by the automaker. However, considering 2017 Bentley Bentayga will feature a 6.0-liter W-12 engine that will produce 600 hp, Rolls-Royce must feature a power-train with high capability.
We believe the automaker will go with a 6.6 L V-12 Ghost twin-turbo engine and upgrade it to offer excellent output, potentially the best in the niche. This unit must send power beyond 600 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque. The engine will likely be paired to an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission system and power channeled to all wheels to increase its operation in different terrain.
Some quarters are pushing forward rumors of a hybrid power-train but considering Rolls-Royce hasn’t used a hybrid power-train in any of its vehicles as of 2015, the automaker might push it to the next series. However, the automaker might decide to adopt one from the parent company BMW since the Bentley Bentayga and the Lamborghini Urus will feature hybrid units.
Price and release date
Just like other specs, the auto maker hasn’t released any information on its official price or release date. Considering Bentley will debut earlier and at that point will be world’s most expensive SUV, Rolls-Royce’s Cullinan might wrestle that title from their grip when it comes out.
The 2017 Bentley Bentayga will start at around 200,000 so, Rolls-Royce might go with something in the range of $ 300,000 and above. Its Ghost brand retails at $ 250, 000 so, we expect the “Cullinan’ to go beyond that price tag. The model is set to be launched in 2017 with sales commencing in 2018.