Prototype: Rolls Royce to start trials of its SUV Project Cullinan.
Here are new pictures of the ” Project Cullinan “, the ambitious luxury SUVs (and could not be otherwise …) that Rolls-Royce is leading the development, in view of a possible debut on the road in the short – medium term (one speaks of 2018). The”sport utility” Goodwood will enter into direct competition with Bentley Bentayga .
However, in addition to the absolute novelty of the segment (represents a moment all new to Rolls-Royce , which has never before ventured into the production of vehicles suitable for off-road use), the ” Cullinan Project ” is bringing an interesting design with first fruits of engineering : a system brand new four-wheel drive , as well as a new aluminum platform intended – so it highlights a statement released at this time from Goodwood – constitute the ” backbone ‘of the Rolls – Royce production from 2018.
Rolls Royce Project Cullinan SUV.
The first images made known the ” Projet Cullinan ” make the image clearly enough a suitable rough terrain car body. Notwithstanding the absence of the “Nike” on the traditional radiator grille greek temple to vertical elements in stainless steel ( “strictly” clinched hand), for practical reasons it is an example – the laboratory , the ” Cullinan Project ” highlights a front area of the drawing in real kinship with the latest styles Rolls (and Phantom in particular). Overall, the visual impact gives an idea “massive” to new SUV Rolls – Royce , an impression amplified by relatively thin side windows. It is likely that the ‘ opening of the doors will retain the “cabinet” system (the rear “upwind”), to facilitate entry to the edge of the occupants.
In the first rumors (mid 2015), it was assumed, judging by the first images of the prototype “partially camouflaged”, that the future Cullinan is slightly shortened in the “step” than the Phantom II. One can imagine that the size of the “Everywhere Vehicle” Rolls-Royce signed , in the version that will enter the market, will follow this new course: therefore shorter than 5.84 m Phantom; However, the environments Goodwood have not yet anticipated if the future Rolls-Royce SUV will accommodate five or seven occupants (by way of comparison, Bentley Bentayga has been developed for five persons).
The speculations on the stylistic speech that Rolls – Royce intends to set for the ambitious SUV “Project Cullinan” to stop there, for the moment.
Small curiosity: it is not the first time that Rolls – Royce is united to use off – road; only, in the past the initiative decisions were entirely private, as demonstrated over the years the Silver Cloud and Silver Shadow who took off the legendary marathon in London – Mexico City in 1970 , as well as the Camargue used in the Paris – Dakar 1981 . It was, in any case, “private” preparations, and on road specimens regularly in circulation.
For the ” Project Cullinan “, the vertices Rolls – Royce openly declares to have taken utmost account of the constant escalation of nourished liking for “sports utility” on a global level, and the development of high-end SUV, a select club that appears in great shape.
“In Rolls – Royce we are at an exciting stage in the development of the SUV Cullinan: for us, and for customers who follow us from around the world – indicates Torsten Müller-Ötvös , CEO of the Automobile segment in Rolls – Royce – The fact to bring together, for the first time, a new four-wheel drive layout and luxury new architecture enables us to give life to a whole new Rolls, which once again will have the task of defining new standards on which to develop our strategies future. ”
The next stop for the SUV Cullinan , provides the “go” to a series of tests under the most extreme environmental conditions: immediately after the Christmas break, the prototype of the SUVs Cullinan will be engaged in a race to the Arctic Circle to see the answer to the car, and traction devices, in the most severe cold weather situations. Subsequently, for “Project Cullinan” it will be time … sandblasting: the prototype will be sent to the Middle East , for testing in the desert and at higher temperatures.