Rolls-Royce Cullinan revealed: Ultra-luxury SUV is so British, it curtsies

Rolls-Royce Cullinan Taillights

We've known about Rolls-Royce's intentions of building an SUV for a while now, the Cullinan having been teased in various off-road driving situations it's unlikely to ever need to face.

Since the Cullinan is a Rolls-Royce, expect everything about the SUV to be over the top.

The grille is created from hand-polished stainless steel.

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Both front and rear coach doors wrap low under the Cullinan sill, so dirt remains outside the door, rather than on trousers and shoes. Rolls-Royce says the protruding boot lid is reminiscent of the D-Back Rolls-Royces of the 1930s, some of the marque's last to have a separate luggage compartment. Built around the same all-aluminum Architecture of Luxury as the Phantom, the extra bits that make the Cullinan ready for dirty work add just 200 pounds compared to the vehicle, for a curb weight of 5,864 pounds. It's longer, wider, and, at 3,295mm, boasts a significantly longer wheelbase, too; this should no doubt help free up more space for rear-seat passengers. "Cullinan is a motor auto of such clarity of goal, such flawless quality and preciousness, and such presence that it recalibrates the scale and possibility of true luxury".

Well, then. If a gang of modern art thieves-or Indiana Jones-needs a new SUV, the Cullinan awaits. It gets a smaller steering wheel with a thicker rim, an all-digital instrument console, the trademark analogue clock on the dash, a touchscreen for the infotainment system - a first for Rolls-Royce - and the rotary Spirit of Ecstasy controller on the centre console. Just one button, dubbed by the engineers as the "Everywhere" button, marshals all the control systems to effect the best progress over whatever the terrain happens to be. Also on offer will be the viewing suite, which, at the touch of a button; will deploy two leather wrapped chairs and a cocktail table from the lower section of the tailgate.

It is powered by a 6.75-litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine that produces 571hp and 820Nm of torque.

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While it will probably never be used for rough off-roading, it appears to be capable of it.

This teaser shot, along with the pictures of disguised prototypes revealed thus far, show that the Cullinan doesn't make any radical styling departures from the Rolls-Royce status quo, sporting blocky lines reminiscent of the Phantom. This is the first "do-it-all" Rolls-Royce; a statement vehicle that can help with the school run in the weekdays, whisk you to the opening evening of Swan Lake at the Royal Opera House and then tow the horsebox to your next polo match at the weekend.

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