Need proof that SUVs stay here? This week brings it in the form of the Rolls-Royce of SUVs – the all-new Cullinan. Designed from the ground up to give the jet set a taste of visceral adventure on the ground, without having to forego necessities such as supple seat heating and icy-cold champagne, the new SUV offers the highest in premium comfort -strong canyons, hilly mountain roads and dusty widths. And that should also make you stand out in the parking lot of the wellness center.
The idea of a SUV from Rolls-Royce was once quite insane, almost unfathomable. But since Rolls announced it three years ago, we have also seen crazy ultra-premium all-terrain gadgets like Bentley Bentayga and Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet, so a Rolls-Royce SUV now only lives up to expectations.
In addition, we would say that the strong features and powerful, straight-line character lines of today's Rolls-Royce fit much better with respectable SUV design than the softer curves of other luxury brands. The front end of the phantom is basically a concrete block of concrete over which a watchful mind flutters ̵
So here we stare at the Rolls-Royce of SUVs, a model that the company suggests could very well be its most anticipated ever. It was created in response to a growing demand from global customers, many of whom were "younger, highly successful wealthy individuals who are heavily involved in the adventure industry, and who wanted a Rolls-Royce that would lead them to the end of the earth in ultimate luxury. "
Work on the Cullinan began years ago, and it was never meant to be just an SUV, but an SUV designed to carry the Spirit of Ecstasy figure aboard the snout. That is to cross all compromises in the creation of a vehicle that can overcome ridged corners without losing a drop of pitcher Clos d'Ambonnay or interrupting Beethoven's 9th with a premature rattling or shrill squeaking. A dual-personity platform with traditional Rolls-Royce comfort on the road and new off-road power should also be created.
It was no easy task, and a full three years passed before Rolls-Royce's first SUV announcement followed its unveiling this week. Critical to Rolls mission was the abandonment of the typical two-box SUV design in favor of a three-box design. The exterior is rather subtle, with a light shelf protruding just below the rear window to create Box # 3, a stylistic allusion to the luggage racks on Rolls-Royce D-Backs of the 1930s.
The three-case construction comes alive inside when the rear passenger compartment is separated from the cargo area when equipped with two seats on the rear seat rather than being a continuous commercial vehicle volume. And not only with a partition, but with a stylish glass wall, which helps to isolate noise and prevent unwanted heat or cold entering the cozy passenger compartment when the luggage compartment is open (presumably by the staff filling bags).
When Rolls-Royce says boxes, it means boxing. Outside, both the front and rear panels of the cullinan are substantially perpendicular to the flat floor, giving the model a remarkable appearance. The greenhouse is angled at the front and rear windshield, but sits on a strong, flat waistline and has an almost flat roofline that flows back with the subtlest slopes.
We look at this powerful, bulky body from certain angles and can actually begin to dream about grueling off-road trails before our eyes catch a piece of RR badge or signature grille and bring us back straight away. Let's do every roll -Royce on a pavement off the construction site where our semi-finished estate stands. "
Under the bodywork, a new scalable all-aluminum" Architecture of Luxury "offers a sturdy bone set with rock-solid stiffness to brush off bobs and lenses from uneven terrain.The Cullinan features a new double-wishbone front suspension and five-link rear suspension for
The revised self-leveling air suspension automatically increases engine displacement The car drives 40mm to full elevation when starting and uses larger, more voluminous air struts to better absorb larger shocks, combining factors It can also push individual wheels deeper to bring rubber into contact with uneven ground, which makes the tires of smaller AWD vehicles spin helplessly.
With his visions, all up Targeting the development of the world's purest and most uncompromising ultra-premium SUV, Rolls is leaving the title of "World's Strongest Premium SUV" for Bentley and Lamborghini. His 6.75-liter twin-turbo V12 certainly has the size to hit an attack in power struggles, but Rolls seems pretty happy with 563 hp. More importantly, it massages the engine to deliver all of its 627 lb-ft of torque at just 1,600 rpm, something that will be invaluable in tipping forward over large, nasty obstacles.
The 2.665-kg Cullinan is obviously not a carefully weight / aerodynamically optimized speed machine, but for those wondering, the top speed is regulated at 155 mph (250 km / h).
Beyond four-wheel drive, low-end torque and active suspension, the Cullinan has some other branded hardware advantages for superior on- and off-road riding. The four-wheel steering improves control and agility, while a single "Everywhere" button on the driver's fingertips releases the full terrain potential of the vehicle. From there, the rider can choose between terrain types for specially tuned services – mud, sand, snow and bumpy roads.
There's also a push-button hill-downhill setup that fits things in when you drop slopes. And if you need a river, you can count on 540 mm wading.
Inside the rear case doors, shoppers can opt for the more family-friendly lounge configuration with three seats or the more luxurious double cabin -Seat package. The latter cuts off the luggage compartment with the glass partition mentioned above and divides the seats with a beverage console that holds a whiskey decanter and glasses and champagne flutes. An integrated cooling compartment puts the cold in the foreground.
Rolls-Royce has further refined the interior with a sophisticated step height. The rear Pavilion Seats sit higher than the front seats to provide a better view of the landscape, supported by the large glazed side windows and the panoramic glass roof. The base of the triple lounge rear seats also sits higher than the trunk floor and creates a staggered high cargo area when the seats are folded down to prevent cargo from slipping forward.
In the event that a continuous floor space is required, the trunk floor can be raised electronically to the same height as the seats, creating a flat floor with a length of 2,245 mm and 1,930 liters of cargo space. If the seats are leaned upright, the total load gap drops to 560 liters or 600 liters with the rear shelf removed. The seats can also be folded in 1/3 and 2/3 configurations.
The focus is on the driver with a set of digital instruments, a high-resolution head-up display and a thick, compact heated steering wheel. The infotainment display can be controlled via Touch or the Spirit of Ecstasy Controller on the center console. Techy's driver assistance tools available to the driver include a four-camera system, a vision-assist system with night vision and wildlife / pedestrian warning, alertness assistant, collision and cross-traffic warning technologies, and a lane departure warning.
The cabin also features a Wi-Fi hotspot, a front-charging cradle and five USB charging ports to allow devices to burn on all cylinders. The doors close behind the occupants at the touch of an internal button – or an external sensor, for the chauffeurs. The interior spoils with its amenities and elegant leather, hand-finished metal and wood elements, while the occupants pay attention to the strength and robustness of the vehicle through strong horizontal and vertical lines.
Back to the adventure that affluent customers crave, Rolls-Royce recognizes driving, whether it's via barely visible, vehicle-wide forest trails to distant via ferrata or over frosty asphalt to five-star ski lodges Part 1 of the story. It imagines how Cullinan owners fill the tailgate of a vehicle with one of the easily replaceable recreation modules to continue with Part 2.
Whether you're piloting a drone, shooting wildlife photos, climbing rugged rocks, or just wanting to snowboard powder (or even volcanic slag), you can quickly plug in and play a module designed by Rolls & # 39; s Bespoke Collective. Each module has a motorized drawer containing all the equipment and accessories you need for your activity of choice.
It is unclear whether these recreation modules work well with the tailgate's View Suite Rolls hanged a few months ago or replaced instead. Actually, it is not clear if they will even exist, as we do not see any photos or renderings in the press kit. You can get the idea by looking at what Bentley has done with its own Bentayga fly fishing, falconry and hunting packages.
How do you want to see that from the Cullinan and look closer at your driveway? That's a privilege that will cost you $ 325,000, or a few more, as you begin to choose all the special options you need on your Rolls Royce of SUVs.
Most of the world will have to content themselves with getting insights into Internet videos. We've added the Cullinan Release Special below, as it's the only short clip we've found with the completely unveiled car, but we recommend skipping the over-polished piece of commercials in favor of the second clip, which is the disguised Cullinan in Southern Utah Canyon dirty shows country. Then maybe slow things down and take every single angle in the photo gallery.
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