Rolls-Royce Cullinan: The New Jewel of Goodwood
Sometimes you don’t have to dig deep to mine diamonds, every now and then, the world of automotive reveals a precious jewel that dazzles the eye, many of these jewels emerged from Rolls-Royce’s mine of excellence in Goodwood, and today we’re presented with yet another precious stone from the British marque, a diamond named after a diamond, a refined jewel for the rugged terrains… the Rolls-Royce Cullinan.
The Cullinan is the largest diamond ever discovered, it was found in 1905 in a small South Africa town that was named after diamond magnate Sir Thomas Cullinan, the diamond was up for sale for 2 years but eventually ended up as a present to King Edward VII on his 66th birthday, and now, the Cullinan resides in the British Crown Jewels.
This history inspired Rolls-Royce to deviate for their traditional naming approach, we’re used to spectral names like Phantom, Ghost, Wraith and Silver Shadow, but for their very first SUV, Rolls-Royce decided to celebrate the spirit of adventure by mining for a name in rugged areas, where the new car will shine.
The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is an all-wheel drive SUV that brings the Spirit of Ecstasy to new heights, the flying lady can now extend her wings above new grounds, we’ve seen the car during the test phase bashing the dunes and sliding on snow, it’s an unusual spectacle for a Rolls-Royce.
The new SUV is powered by a 6.75 litre twin-turbo V12 Rolls-Royce engine that delivers 563bhp and 850Nm of torque to the all-new all-wheel drive, all-wheel steer system, and with the push of a button, the Cullinan becomes ready to go off-roading.
Some serious re-engineering had to be done to the air suspension to make sure the Cullinan delivers the magic carpet ride, although the laws of nature might have some effect on the ride, but it’s part of the experience.
When it comes to the back seat, customers have 2 options, they can either opt for the bench seat, which makes the car more tailored towards families, or they can choose the split seat, which is perfect for businessmen, this option comes with a glass partition that separates the cabin from the boot, keeping passengers isolated if the tailgate was opened. This feature is a first for the SUV segment.
The Viewing Suite is another interesting feature in the Cullinan, it’s a platform that consists of 2 retractable seats and a small table, this platform can be deployed electrically from the boot, it’s ideal to sit and enjoy the views.
The Rolls-Royce Cullinan can be equipped with: 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; a 7×3 High-Resolution Head-Up Display, and WiFi hotspot.
When it comes to the design, the Cullinan is majestic and elegant, and on the inside it drips with the luxury one would expect from Rolls-Royce, although I was hoping to see a different design direction to distinguish this SUV from the rest of Rolls-Royce’s fleet, but when you think about it, Rolls-Royce’s idea of distinguishing oneself can be achieved through their rich bespoke program.
The expected starting price of the Cullinan is around AED 2,000,000 – but this is yet to be confirmed.