It was only a few days ago when we found out from Rolls-Royce they plan on introducing their first ever SUV towards the end of 2018 and now the firm’s director of design Giles Taylor has released slightly more details about what will be a direct adversary for the recently introduced Bentley Bentayga. The high-riding RR model will feature the traditional coach doors as Taylor believes these are important for the company’s heritage, along with the umbrellas stored within the door panels which will likely be offered as well on the SUV.
Taylor went on to specify the Rolls-Royce SUV is going to adopt a four-wheel drive system and will be able to tackle the off-road if necessary, but it’s highly unlikely owners will ever take it on bumpy roads. Codenamed Cullinan, the model is described as being an “undeniable, natural, authentic Rolls-Royce”, says Taylor.
The company’s product communications manager James Warren said the SUV is in an early development stage which is why details regarding the car are scarce at the moment. He did say the SUV isn’t envisioned as a model to boost the company’s production volume significantly as they want to keep Rolls-Royce an exclusive marque focusing on profits made by selling up to around 4,000 units each year.
Warren also said the model is going to be beautiful, luxurious and lovely, but refused to elaborate any exact specifications. We do know from several reports that emerged a while back the car will employ a brand new aluminum spaceframe developed specifically for future Rolls-Royce models. The Cullinan is going to be almost as long as the standard wheelbase Phantom and will get some of the hardware components from the BMW X7.
There’s no official word on pricing, but it is believed the Cullinan will be significantly more expensive than the Bentley Bentayga.