By Steve & Tamami Laser
Bentley has one. Mercedes-Benz has several. And yes, even Lamborghini has one too. We’re talking about trucks, or more specifically, car-based vehicles more commonly known as crossovers. Rolls-Royce will soon be motoring into uncharted territory with a new model called Cullinan.
The upcoming multifaceted vehicle is named for the world’s largest diamond discovered in 1905 in the Magaliesberg Mountains in South Africa. Rolls-Royce has been testing the new model from the deserts of Africa and the Middle East to the freezing Arctic Circle and the canyons of North America.
“The name Cullinan has been hiding in plain sight since we revealed it as the project name some years ago,” says Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer of Rolls-Royce. “Cullinan is a motor car of such clarity of purpose, such flawless quality and preciousness, and such presence that it recalibrates the scale and possibility of true luxury.”
Rolls-Royce says the new Cullinan will become its second model to employ a proprietary aluminum spaceframe “Architecture of Luxury” following the recently introduced Phantom. Later on, the platform is expected to be used for the next generation Ghost, Wraith and Dawn.
The likely (unconfirmed) powertrain choice is the twin-turbocharged 6.75-liter V12 engine in the Phantom. Also expect a full kit of top-flight luxury and high-tech features like the Phantom’s four-camera system with “helicopter” view, Night Vision and Vision Assist.
While the Cullinan will be equipped for off-road driving we wonder how many owners will be willing to venture into the wilderness in a vehicle likely to cost as much as a 12-pack of Jeeps or half a dozen Lexus crossovers?
News source and photos courtesy Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd.
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