Rolls-Royce Cullinan luxury SUV revealed

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Rolls Royce has lifted the veils off its arguably the most talked about model in recent memory, the new Cullinan.

He said: "This is an all-terrain, super luxury vehicle".

Named after the world-famous diamond found in South Africa, the largest uncut stone ever found, the Cullinan is the first SUV to be launched by the British automobile brand.

Rolls-Royce finally has an SUV in its portfolio.

The designers of Rolls-Royce Cullinan seems to have not put much effort in the exterior look as the face of the brand's first luxury SUV looks identical to the Phantom VIII that was revealed past year. The idea of an ultra luxurious SUV from Rolls-Royce materialised simply because the customers asked for it.

As expected, from hints the company dropped in recent months, the Cullinan comes with a 6.75 liter, twin-turbo V12 engine that gets 563 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. Top speed is electronically governed at 250 km/h. Rolls-Royce calls the platform as "Architecture of Luxury.' The advanced all-wheel-drive system with self-levelling air suspension will provide famed "Magic Carpet" ride quality, according to Rolls Royce". All-wheel drive is standard with all-wheel steering.

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With a 540 mm wading depth, the Cullinan doesn't quite match the Range Rover's 900 mm but trumps the Bentayga's 500 mm.

At 5341mm x 2164mm x 1835mm (LxWxH), the Cullinan is 200mm longer and 166mm wider than its closest rival, the Bentley Bentayga.

Standard equipment includes night vision assist with wildlife and pedestrian warning, active cruise control, collision warning, cross-traffic warning, lane change warning, satellite navigation with a second touchscreen display for the rear passengers, a four-camera system with panoramic view, all-round visibility and helicopter view, five USB ports, a wireless charging compartment, a WiFi hotspot and a 19cm high-resolution head-up display. All these excellence costs $325,000 MSRP (Rs. 2.18 crore approx) before you glance over the options list.

Consumers who forego fold-down rear seats can get pleasure from champagne or a glass of whiskey as a substitute. With parcel shelf, the Cullinan has bootspace of 560 litres and removing it increases the volume by 40 more litres.

While being the first SUV from the brand, the Cullinan is immediately identifiable as a Rolls-Royce by its hulking pantheon grille, long bonnet, square headlights, "Spirit of Ecstasy" hood ornament, and thick, sloping D-pillars, while 22-inch alloy wheels add to its imposing stance.

"The Clasp" tailgate is a two-section unit and features a pair of picnic seats while the main highlight being deployable glass partition that isolates the cabin from luggage compartment and emphasises the quietness and maintain optimum cabin temperature.

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