- The price starts at $325,000
Now the wait is over as Rolls-Royce unveils its first SUV whose style and design are super imposing. It promises to bring a major shift in the landscape and burgeoning SUV market.
The new SUV takes visual signs from Phantom with its tall-standing, light, off-road-capable package. The style is one of imposing and surprising modernity.
The exterior silhouette is comparatively linear, upright, and modified with a bit of sophisticated restraint. The interior reveals inspiring swaths of mirror-matched veneers, wraparound leather surfaces, and niceties like an available fixed rear center console with a refrigerator, a whiskey decanter and glasses, and Champagne flutes.
The interior distinguishes itself with a strong sense of occasion. Touch one of the stainless-steel door handles, and the vehicle drops by 1.5 inches, beckoning you into its opulent space. The rear doors open backward and can shut themselves via a small button, à la Rolls’s sedans and coupes. A glass partition separates the cabin from the 21.1-cubic-foot luggage compartment, while the brand’s first folding rear-seat configuration transforms the Rolls-Royce pavilion seating position into a flat, cargo-friendly layout. Rolls-Royce has dubbed its rear liftgate “the Clasp” because it opens in two sections, enabling a party-friendly, rear-facing seat setup.
The Cullinan’s driving dynamic appears to be consistent with Rolls-Royce’s 114-year-old ethos, its effortless forward propulsion and a magic carpet ride. Thanks to the Phantom-sourced 6.75-liter, twin-turbo V-12 engine producing 563 hp and 627 ft lbs of torque, the Cullinan should deliver effortless acceleration in spite of its nearly three-ton curb weight. And while not quite as rugged as some of its counterparts, Rolls-Royce’s new SUV promises civilized travel over gravel, grass, or mud with a best-in-class wading depth of 21.2 inches. Press the “Everywhere” button, and the Cullinan configures its all-wheel drive and four-wheel steer system for low rpm adventure crawling.
The Cullinan is the most expensive SUV on the market, besting the Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus with its starting price of $325,000.