Named after the largest diamond ever discovered which now resides in the British Crown Jewels, the Cullinan is an all-terrain high-bodied car that makes the idea of authentic, luxury off-road travel a reality for the first time. Luxury travel is now “Effortless, Everywhere”.
As the first “three-box” car in the SUV sector, the Cullinan has a rear partition wall which creates a distinct environment for passengers, separated from the luggage compartment.
The most practical of Rolls-Royces promises to be the most versatile, family-oriented, fun-to-drive super-luxury SUV available today.
For the first time, a Rolls-Royce has an opening tailgate, called The Clasp. In a nod to the era when luggage was mounted on the exterior of the motorcar, 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.
The rear compartment or boot area offers a standard 560 litres of space, growing to 600 litres with the parcel shelf removed. Furthermore, the base of the rear seats sits higher than the boot floor, so even with both rear seats folded, the items in the boot cannot slip forward and are safely contained, unlike in any other SUV. But for those wishing to carry a long item back from their trip, whether it be a Mark Rothko from the Art Gallery or a newly discovered artefact from the latest archaeological dig, a loading length of 2245mm and load capacity of 1930 litres is accessed by electronically raising the boot floor to meet the seat base, allowing the item to slide through effortlessly.
The Cullinan awakes at the touch of the unlock button on the Bespoke key, or by simply reaching out to its beautifully tactile stainless-steel door handle. The car lowers itself by 40mm to make entry effortless as the iconic Rolls-Royce coach doors stand open to welcome driver and passengers to their adventure.
The driver instantly recognises Cullinan as a driver’s car thanks to its thicker, smaller steering wheel. Its heated, pliant rim hints at epic voyages which Cullinan is all too eager to begin, whilst heated and ventilated seats mean passengers will be perfectly acclimatised. From their commanding position at the helm of the Cullinan, all equipment and technology is clearly seen and reached by the driver. All information is clearly communicated by the latest generation of digital instruments, with the displays themselves designed with clear and beautiful 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 setup whilst on the trail. This portal can still be controlled from the iconic Spirit of Ecstasy controller which nestles on the central console with the Off-Road button, Hill Descent Control button and Air Suspension height adjustment controls.
For those not behind the wheel, the world’s most spectacular scenery is to be seen from a privileged position. Those in the rear sit higher than those in the front of the car on Rolls-Royce’s Pavilion Seating, enjoying grandstand views of their surroundings thanks to the large glazed area of Cullinan’s side windows and industry-leading panoramic glass roof. And if they wish to locate themselves or their latest far-flung discovery, they can zero in on their location on the rear touchscreen map.
Arriving at their remote destination, the occupants can descend without dirtying their trouser legs as both front and rear coach doors wrap low under the sill of Cullinan, ensuring that all dirt remains on the outside of the door.
Rolls-Royce’s celebrated Magic Carpet Ride impresses off-road as well as on-road, thanks to the new lighter architecture and the latest generation of self-levelling air suspension. Through a thorough re-engineering of the existing air suspension system (including adding larger air struts with more air volume to cushion the blows of the toughest of terrains), the strengthening of drive and prop shafts, the inclusion of drive to the front wheels as well as the back for the first time in Rolls-Royce history, and the complete reworking of the new 6.75 litre twin-turbo V12 Rolls-Royce engine to deliver just the right level of torque (850Nm) at the lowest possible revolutions (1600rpm), the Rolls-Royce engineering team has ensured the Cullinan will take owners to places no modern Rolls-Royce owner has travelled in such luxury before.