Rolls Royce Cullinan-The Rolls Royce Of SUVs
By: Sanyam Yadav
After Lamborghini, Maserati, and Bentley; Rolls Royce has stepped a foot in the SUV world with their much-awaited SUV the Cullinan. The only key differences between the Cullinan and the other mentioned SUVs is that the Cullinan is more luxurious and most expensive of them all. In Fact, it is the most expensive production SUV ever made. Wondering where the Quirky name-Cullinan came from? No surprise, it is named after the largest gem-quality rough Diamond ever found. Sharing all the High-end Luxurious features and the extremely powerful 570hp twin-turbocharged v12 engine from the Phantom, this car is literally The Rolce Royce Of SUVs.
To be precise, the Suv looks like a Phantom’s jacked up elder brother. It is huge on the outside and guarantees you all the attention on the road. The Suv shares the traditional Rolls Royce Design traits with Straight and bold body lines all around the car. It is so beautifully designed that it gets hard to believe it is Rolls Royce’s first product in the SUV segment. The much loved Rolls Royce doors are present on the Suv and get all the bells and whistles too. For example, Rolls Royce Knows you are super rich and cannot bother to push a door to close it, no problem sir, it comes equipped with two buttons for each door to close it, one on the outside and one on the inside. just press the button and guess what! the door closes automatically.
The Tailgate on the SUV is a split gate like many other SUV’s, that makes it very practical for off-roading adventures that you will never be doing with this car. But it definitely helps in daily use too. The lights gets the same technology from the Phantom, all Led’s with beautifully integrated led turn signals
Interiors are exactly how you expect out of a Rollsroyce SUV-Extremely Beautiful and very high Quality. Interiors also follow the typical Rolls Royce design philosophy. Everything inside the cabin is wrapped in beautiful leather with immense attention to detail and has generous use of aluminum all around. The seats in the Cullinan are heated and cooled seats just like you would expect but the best part is that each seat has 24different massage modes. Rear seats are extremely comfortable with good posture and adequate leg room and head room The car gets a very big panoramic sunroof which opens up so far back it makes you feel you’re riding in a convertible coupe.
INFOTAINMENT AND TECHNOLOGY:
Cullinan gets two screens each for the two back seats along with a big central display that is high res and gets the job done but a bigger display just like the teslas and Lamborghini Urus would have been appreciated. The car gets 8 buttons right under the screen that can be set to perform any function from changing the radio channel to changing the ride height. The car comes with 18 speaker Rolls Royce bespoke audio system which is among the best speakers you can get in a car. The car gets a 360-degree camera which allows multiple functionalities from zooming in on certain spots to a panoramic view of the surroundings. Safety features include every latest technology that is available in the market such as all round airbags, pedestrian warning, lane departure warning, blind spot detection to name a few.
DRIVE AND PERFORMANCE:
The extremely powerful engine is a pleasure to drive, but it does not behave as you expect a v12 570 horsepower turbocharged engine to behave, It is more of an ‘i will take you wherever you want to go and I’ll do it real fast’ other than ‘dam boy lets roll’. The engine is refined and the torque is consistent throughout the powerband. Being an SUV it has an off-road mode. Yess just one off-road mode, unlike other SUVs where you get different modes and different terrain options. Chassis is highly capable and comfortable on the road and does good off the road too because of the height adjustable suspension.
PRICING AND COMPETITION:
Rolls Royce Cullinan is placed between the ghost and the phantom and is priced around $300-400k. In India price will start from8.2cr rupees. Cullinan will face competition from the Bentlybentayga which is priced similarly and falls in the same category. Lamborghini also came up with their much awaited Urus which will take some buyers away from the Cullinan.