Rolls-Royce’s current car roster isn’t exactly the most comprehensive on the market. The manufacturer has just a handful of models on sale and none of them sells all that great. However, it looks like this is going to change with the upcoming 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan. This will be the company’s first ever SUV and so far it looks like it may become the best one on the market. While the details are still scarce, the Cullinan is set to become the most expensive SUV to date. While Rolls hasn’t said much about it, we have seen the car testing numerous times now. At first the test mule used the same body as the Phantom but things changed recently. We managed to see a camouflaged version of the release candidate and we have to say the car looks quite impressive.
Just like with some of their other vehicles, the Cullinan is also going to boast the same platform as the Ghost. This is a rear wheel drive platform at its core but for this particular application we are bound to see an all wheel drive system as well. From the spy shots we can see the wheelbase of the car seems to be shorter than that of the sedan. It also looks like the SUV is wider as well as slightly longer which definitely gives it an interesting set of proportions.
As it will boast a platform mostly made out of aluminum, the Cullinan is not going to be the lightest SUV on the market. We can expect it to weigh in excess of 5,000 pounds but this is also the case with the sedan. In order to keep all that weight in check, the car is likely going to feature an air-suspension system at all four corners. The brakes we have seen on the car seem quite large as well but nothing too impressive either.
2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Release date and Price
Considering the state of the development prototype, we can expect the future 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan to hit the market closer to the end of 2018. The price of the car is definitely going to be well over $200,000. Even though this is the case, we expect it to become Rolls’ best selling vehicle ever made and it should allow the company to rise as a luxury car manufacturer.
The design of Rolls-Royce Cullinan
From the spy shots it is quite clear the 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan will be close to the Ghost when it comes to its looks. The front end will feature Rolls’ usual corporate look with the massive grille, the rectangular headlights and the rectangular air-intakes.
The hood will be just as massive as that on the sedan but it looks like the SUV will feature a few character lines on the sides which will give the car a more aggressive look than otherwise. The rear will be similar to that of an older Range Rover but it looks like Rolls may in fact do something special in here as well. The exhausts will be integrated nicely into the bumper while the massive roof spoiler will make the large Cullinan look a bit sportier.
The prototype had a really similar steering wheel to the one found on the 7 Series. However, chances are Rolls only used it in order to test the functionality of the infotainment system. We are quite sure the car will get a similar steering wheel, and overall design, to that of the Ghost. The clean lines, minimal amount of buttons and the really flat surfaces will make the Cullinan stand out.
Under the hood
The 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan will likely feature a 6.6 liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine which has been around for a while now. This should provide right around 563 horsepower and 575 lb-ft of torque which is mostly adequate for a car this size. This engine will send the power to all four wheels via an 8 speed automatic. Even though there is quite a bit of power on tap, the car will likely hit 60 MPH in around 6.0 seconds while being limited to around 150 MPH. Unlike most other cars in its class, the Cullinan will be aimed at those looking to get the most comfortable driving experience without having to compromise on anything. A hybrid is also a real possibility but if they decide on it, this will only happen at a later date.