Rolls-Royce`s first SUV codenamed ‘Project Cullinan’ to enter testing phase
Rolls-Royce has released the first official images of its upcoming new SUV, codenamed “Project Cullinan”. The British luxury car maker stated that the prototype has been designed purely for testing purposes and depicts the size of the SUV but not the design language.
Rolls Royce`s first SUV is based on the current offering, a shortened Phantom series II Platform that is also expected to share its underpinnings with the BMW X7. The company also stated that this test mule has been developed to test an all- new all-wheel drive system along with the carmaker`s famed suspension setup in order to deliver the “magic carpet” ride both on-road and off-road too. Sources confirm that the preliminary testing of “Project Cullinan” would start in the next couple of weeks along the public roads and in the company’s test facility unit which will include Belgian Pave, corrugated concrete roads, acceleration bumps, noise development, measurement surfaces cobblestones and resonance road.
Hints from the company state that the SUV would be the same size as that of the Phantom mule but will feature a high- sided all- terrain design. Without being surprised, Rolls- Royce also mentioned that this prototype shares no design aspects with the final product to be launched, which is a sure-shot way to keep the excitement level really high among the fans of luxury cars. Mechanically, we expect the British luxury carmaker to go ahead and use Rolls Royce`s acclaimed engines and hybrid power-trains for the upcoming SUV.
Like any other Rolls Royce product, expect this model to come with a whopping price tag. The new SUV from the Rolls-Royce line-up is expected to be introduced by the end of next year or early 2017 and as per estimates, it will add around 1,500 units/year to the company`s volumes.