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Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV name confirmed

Antony Ingram
13 Feb 2018

Rolls-Royce has confirmed the Cullinan name for its forthcoming “high-sided vehicle”.


Rolls-Royce has confirmed that the name of its upcoming SUV - or “high-sided vehicle” as those at Goodwood prefer to describe it - will be named Cullinan.

The tag has been known unofficially for some time, with Rolls-Royce using it as the project name while the car was in development, but it’s now been confirmed for the production car too.

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The company says its new SUV will redefine luxury travel, and bills the Cullinan as “effortless, everywhere”.

True to that billing the car has been spotted undergoing testing across tougher terrain than you’d expect of regular Rolls-Royce models - and the company’s latest officially-released images depict the car doing things you’d more commonly associate with a Range Rover.

The Cullinan’s development programme has seen it tested on roads all over the world, including hot weather testing in Africa and the Middle East, winter testing in the Arctic Circle and a predictable spell at the Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany to ensure it’s as capable at speed as on rougher terrain.

And Rolls-Royce certainly isn’t being modest in calling its latest production car the Cullinan. It’s named after the largest flawless uncut diamond ever found, in 1905, at over 3000 carats and over 600 grams.

The Cullinan car will be a weighty one too, though Rolls-Royce has attempted to mitigate weight gain, building the car on a new aluminium platform, with a new suspension system and all-wheel drive giving the required mix of comfort and ability.

With an estimated price tag of around £300,000 it’ll become the most expensive production SUV on sale, though rather more affordable than the diamond with which it shares a name (Cullinan 1, the first cut diamond from the original rough diamond, is worth somewhere north of $400 million).

Time will tell whether the car’s boxy styling becomes easier on the eye, but given the success of Range Rover’s increasing push for luxury and the emergence of other high-end SUVs over the last few years, it’s hard not to imagine the Cullinan will also find its place in the market - and we expect to see more of the car in the summer.

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