Bentley’s Bentayga is all the rage these days at Frankfurt Motor Show, but Rolls-Royce is getting ready to join the hyper-luxury SUV party with their first ever model of this kind. It is codenamed “Cullinan” and most likely this is the moniker the production car will have since the company’s chief Torsten Muller told British magazine Auto Express that he loves this nameplate which is inspired by the largest rough diamond in the world.
The model in question will be out towards the end of 2018, so the Bentayga will still have about three years on the market without any real competitor. Interestingly, Muller said that Bentley’s SUV will immediately become the number two in this segment once the Rolls-Royce high-riding model will hit the market.
The Cullinan is going to ride on a bespoke aluminum spaceframe which will not be taken from BMW, even though previous rumors suggested the model will use an existing architecture from the parent company. However, the Rolls-Royce SUV is still getting some of the components from the yet unreleased BMW X7, although it’s not known at this point how much in common the two cars will have.
What we can tell you is that RR has announced its Bentayga fighter will be almost as long as the standard wheelbase Phantom which measures 5482 mm and most likely it will use its 6.75-liter V12 but probably updated to squeeze more power necessary to match the extra weight commanded by the bulkier body style.
Muller said a while back that although the Cullinan won’t be a true off-roader, it will be able to embark on a trip “from the opera to the Alps” with plenty of space for those inside the cabin and their luggage.
There’s no word just yet regarding its price, but some are saying it will begin at somewhere in the region of £250,000.
Note: Official Rolls-Royce Cullinan test mule based on shortened Phantom Series II pictured.
Source: Auto Express