We’re not too far from the official release of the first ever Rolls Royce Cullinan, the brand’s first SUV. Until then, though, all we get to see of it are photos of it wrapped in camouflage. In these new photos, the Cullinan loses a bit of camo to reveal some details about itself. Albeit, just a bit. (We don’t own the spy photos but they can be seen here)
In these spy photos, the Rolls Royce Cullinan is seen on the back of a truck, with other BMWs being transported. Admittedly, not much more than usual can be seen but it’s still another good look at the upcoming SUV from Goodwood.
From the front, it looks very much like the new Phantom. It’s from the side where we get some insight about what the new Cullinan will look like. We can see that it has the same “coach” rear-hinged rear doors, so as to allow rear passengers to enter more gracefully. So even though this is technically an SUV, the Rolls Royce Cullinan will still very much be about chauffeuring. It will also only be a two-seater rear, so don’t expect to fit any more passengers in the Cullinan than any other Rolls.
At the back, we see that the rear end is quite long for an SUV. It’s long enough, in fact, to accommodate a third row of seating. Although, there won’t be a third row. In fact, most of that space will be reserved for second-row passengers, so they can really stretch their legs and relax.
Even rear headroom will be impressive, as Rolls has eschewed the modern design trend of making the rear of SUVs a bit swoopy. It’s boxy at the rear, so as to provide more rear headroom, but not too boxy so as to look like a Land Rover.
If there’s any complaint about its design, I’m not a huge fan of the exhaust pipes. While they may be pre-production exhausts just for testing, they still don’t quite work. They looks like those from a BMW 750i and that’s not really a good look for a Rolls.
According to Rolls Royce, the Cullinan isn’t an SUV but a high-riding luxury car. That seems like it could actually make sense when you look at it. It’s massive, luxurious and features a ton of passenger space but it’s also low to the ground and has poor overhangs, so there’s really not much “utility” to be had.[Source: Car Scoops]