In a rather curious development, Rolls-Royce has today released two photographs of its ‘Project Cullinan’ SUV, the firm’s first attempt at a high-riding luxury barge. This is, notably, the first time we’re seeing the Cullinan in its production body, even though we can’t really see much of it through that camouflage.
The Cullinan has been spotted before, sporting a Phantom body with what appeared to be a massive rear wing (see below), and then there were a smattering of spy shots floating around the web. Although the photos released by Rolls-Royce has hidden the rear of the new “high-sided” luxury car very well, it seems that the firm has finalised the production design.
The SUV will be built off of a new platform, which is expected to underpin all new Rolls-Royce cars following its introduction. Based on what we’ve seen thus far, the Cullinan bears a design that is reminiscent of the large Phantom saloon, rather than the sleeker (and smaller) Ghost. It’s likely that the Rolls-Royce off roader will run the same 6.75-litre V12 from the existing lineup, as a possible hybrid powertrain is still being discussed while the possibility of a diesel has been dropped altogether.
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