Rolls-Royce Cullinan Sheds Some Camo On The Road To Production

While Rolls-Royce has showcased some tantalizing images of its own, the clearest looks into its forthcoming crossover have come, as they often do, from spy shots. And these could be the most revealing yet.

Spotted by our spy photographers sitting on the back of a transport trailer, this prototype for the model tentatively known as Project Cullinan has shed some of the camouflage we’ve seen in previous spy images.

The front the greenhouse is exposed, as is part of the roof. We can also discern more of the high side flank, with those signature “coach” doors opening outward from the B-pillar.

In case it wasn’t until now, these photos also make it obvious that Rolls-Royce has steered clear of the slant-back crossover coupe profile that its parent company BMW essentially pioneered, to the benefit of rear-seat space – a vital priority for Rolls buyers, we needn’t point out.

Though based on the same aluminum spaceframe platform as the new Phantom, the Cullinan sits higher and will offer better all-weather traction, not to mention a taller cargo compartment. Expect twelve-cylinder power when it debuts sometime next year, to be followed by a plug-in hybrid version in the near future.

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  • Kaisuke971

    I think they nailed it, looks good and actually not as massive as i would’ve thought. The rear portions is nice

  • Craig

    Can only Rolls-Royce have ‘suicide doors’? So many other cars would not only look great but benefit greatly from having them. So why don’t they?

    • Carenthusiast

      May be cost, weight and complexity are the reasons!

    • fabri99

      Eh, it really depends on which cars. I can agree when talking about high-end luxury sedans/SUVs, but otherwise I’d never buy a car with suicide doors. They are just not comfortable.
      A great application of suicide doors was on the old Opel Meriva (or Zafira?) that had no central pillar and therefore was extremely practical.

      Edit: turns out it does have the pillar, but it is so thin that it makes getting in and out extremely easy.

      • Meriva. But the Mazda RX-8 is a great example for your point. Sure you need to open the front door to open the back, but it makes the back seats of a coupé usable for child seats.

        • fabri99

          How did I not think of the RX8?

    • Kash

      Look how small the rear door is compared to the Bentayga’s. The opening to get in and out just isn’t that big, even on a full size SUV. The extra width of the opening going over the rear wheel gives you a surprisingly more comfortable entry to the backseat. You also have to kind of climb out of the backseat instead of sliding out like normal because the seats sit so far back from the opening.

  • Infinite1

    Looks like a Phantom and a Range Rover had sex and this is the offspring.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Beautiful, huh?

    • Miknik

      My thoughts exactly…

  • AstonMartin

    Great execution of styling and proportions. I’m so glad it didn’t become simply an elevated wagon version of the Phantom. Instead it appears to be a capable AWD, on-road luxury SUV that’s being added to the lust worthy list.

  • Bash

    Looks good and proportional.

  • roy

    Range Rover

    • donald seymour

      But if you’re going to copy then do it after the best.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      But better.

    • Well… Land Rover used to belong to BMW, they made 2 Range Rovers with BMW, the first X5 before selling to Ford… So this Range Rover’s blood inside BMW going to RR.

  • exeptor

    As the others said – the proportions are quite right and the car hide it size pretty well. I guess the waiting list will be 2-3 years long (at least) :).

  • fabri99

    I’m not too fond of it, but at least it looks graceful and equilibrate. Definitely a better effort than Bentley’s take on the same subject…

    • Belthronding Tinuviel

      Bentayga is too much Q7,i see nothing more than this.

      • fabri99

        Yup, and it looks awful. Disproportionate, ungraceful and weird. This Cullinan seems to be a lot better, though I’m still not a fan.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      May I ask why?

      • fabri99

        Well, it’s not really a new, innovative design nor it is sexy and sharp with sweeping curves. It’s not ugly, but it is too square and…conservative for my taste. Much like the other Rolls Royce, though perhaps I’m more used to seeing this kind of styling on a sedan body and on an SUV it just doesn’t thrill me.

        • Tumbi Mtika

          That’s fair. But the only Rolls with sex appeal would be the Wraith. And rightly so.

  • Trocadero

    Paint it yellow and put a “TONKA” badge on it……

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Why?

  • Six Thousand Times

    Gross, in every meaning of the word.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      What?

      • Six Thousand Times

        It Means it’s fat and ugly.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    This is what the “other” RR SUV should have looked like. Excellent job Rolls-Royce. This can kill the Bentayga.

  • botornot387

    The rolls Royce proportions seem to really fit an SUV. This is shaping up to look really nice!

  • Merc1

    I just get the feeling this is going to be ugly AF.

    M

  • ediotsavant

    Looking great. Much better looking than the ugly Bentagay.

  • Stigasawuswrecks

    So far it has some very clean and simple proportions and looks like it will be very stately. At least it will look better than that ghastly Bentayga. Ugh….

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Bentayga just died.

      • Stigasawuswrecks

        Well it does look like it’s been sitting at the bottom of the sea.

        • Andrewthecarguy

          Hahahaha

  • Mark S

    This will be the new Limousine of choice.

  • HUBEMX

    Looks a lot better than the Craptayga, bentayga o wherever they call that shit.

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