It was in February 2015, when Rolls-Royce Motor Cars announced the development of an all-new aluminium space-frame architecture that will underpin all future Rolls-Royce models, including the company's first-ever crossover which is codenamed codenamed ‘Rolls-Royce Project Cullinan'. And now, the ultra-luxury British automaker has started the testing phase of this new architecture. Just so you know, All these future models and the crossover underpinning the all-new aluminium space-frame architecture would be arriving in market from early 2018.
“Since 2003 and the commissioning of the new Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has reset the benchmark for luxury motoring,” comments Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “Now it is time to take the next step in the luxury journey. This is why I am announcing today that on-road testing of our all-new proprietary architecture is beginning. This new architecture of pure luxury represents considerable investment in the future of our great brand.” The assessment of the new proprietary architecture is the first stage of a development programme.
Engineering mules will be assessed on public roads in various locations around the world. The current testing phase aims to ensure that the new space-frame structure perfectly delivers Rolls-Royce’s trademark ‘magic-carpet ride’ on a variety of surfaces and that it is resilient to extreme weather conditions. It is also being learnt that Rolls-Royce Cullinan would share several elements with the BMW X7, which is also scheduled to arrive at the same time in 2018. Furthermore, it is reported that both the crossover SUVs would be powered by 6.75L naturally aspirated V12 petrol engine.