The Rolls Royce CULLINAN (Pricing, and Features)


The Rolls Royce CULLINAN is a full-size luxury SUV manufactured by Rolls Royce Motor Cars. It is the first SUV to be launched under the Rolls Royce brand, and also the first all-wheel drive vehicle in their line-up.
                 
    The name “CULLINAN” comes from the Cullinan Diamond, which is the largest and rough gem-quality diamond ever discovered.

PRICE
The Rolls Royce CULLINAN sits above the Ghost and below the Phantom in price. It has a starting price of $345,000 in the United States.
  It was first unveiled in May 2018 at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Production series started in the 2nd half of 2018, while first customers took delivery in the 1st quarter of 2019.

ENGINE

The Rolls Royce CULLINAN is available with a twin-turbocharged 6.75-Litre V12 engine. ZF’s 8HP 8-speed automatic transmission is the Cullinan’s sole gearbox option. It uses a permanent all-wheel drive system.
                           
PRODUCTION DEVELOPMENT
Rumours heard it that the car company was about venturing into making an SUV. Auto Express reported that the design was in progress and it’d be named CULLINAN. This was after competitor companies like Bentley and Lamborghini venturing into the SUV line with the Bentayga and the Urus respectively. On 17 September 2015, it was confirmed by the chief design that the company was working on it. At the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show, the company’s CEO said that the SUV will be revealed in 2018 and will be up for sale by 2019. Later on that year, a model was spotted testing on 23 December 2015.
   The name “CULLINAN” was confirmed by the company on 13 February 2018. It is named after the CULLINAN diamond, the largest diamond ever found at 3100 carats.

FEATURES

The CULLINAN uses an aluminium space frame chassis; this is a version of Rolls-Royce’s modular “Architecture of Luxury” platform. This platform made its debut in the new Phantom VIII. It uses a double-wishbone front axle and a 5-link rear axle, fitted with self-levelling air suspension and electronically controlled front and rear dampers. It is also equipped with electrically actuated active anti-roll bars.
   


               
It is also fitted with stereo camera integrated into the front windscreen that scans the road ahead and adjusts the suspension pro actively so as to improve the ride quality. This system, dubbed “The Flag bearer” by Rolls Royce, operates at speeds of up to 100 km/h (62 mph). Like the Phantom VIII, the CULLINAN employs a four-wheel drive steering system to improve both manoeuvrability at low speeds and stability at higher speeds.

 

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