New Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV: This Is It! (Updated)

The Rolls-Royce Cullinan marks a dramatic shift for the automaker and it appears we’ve received one of the first photos of the highly-anticipated model.

Sent in by Carscoops reader Nehad, the image appears to be from a private showing of the brand’s first crossover. We can’t confirm its authenticity but everything seems to match up with previous spy photos and teaser images.

With that caveat out of the way, it appears the Cullinan will be unmistakably Rolls-Royce as it features a prominent grille and a familiar Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament. While the Phantom recently received a sleeker face as part of its redesign, it appears the Cullinan will stick with a more boxy design benefiting its status as a “high-riding vehicle.”

While we can only see the front of the model, it has rectangular headlights and large air intakes with floating chrome accents. The lower front bumper is also unique to the Cullinan and it appears to have a chromed center section or a metallic skid plate.

Additional styling details are hard to make out but the Cullinan has a pronounced hood like the rest of the Rolls-Royce lineup. We can also see the rear suicide doors are open but that’s about it.

The Rolls-Royce Cullinan will be unveiled on Thursday and the model promises to be one of the most luxurious crossovers ever created. It will ride on the aluminum spaceframe platform and become the first Rolls-Royce vehicle to be offered with all-wheel drive.

Specifications remain unconfirmed but the model is expected to have a twin-turbo 6.75-liter V12 engine that produces 563 hp (420 kW / 570 PS) and 663 lb-ft (900 Nm) of torque.

Update:  Rolls Royce reached out and asked us to remove the image as apparently, there was an embargo in place until tomorrow’s unveiling



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  • Six_Tymes

    looks stately. nice work

  • CBV2020

    Expectedly beautiful, but not surprising.

    • Autoexperte

      the interior is more interesting and if anything the surprise of the car it’s the interior, but fear that it will be aonly the phantom interior with a massive center console, let’s see

  • Nordschleife

    This is why I don’t like shots like this. Because this looks so heavy handed. This is not shown in the best light because whoever took it had to be quick. It definitely looks like a Rolls but I would rather see the official photos.

  • TrevP

    Did they use a disposable camera?

    • Jay

      No, a potato.

  • Paul

    It looks stately and impressive, as should be expected.

  • Elpatore

    It has a G63 kinda vibe in the lower fascia which is cool.

  • TheBelltower

    How can you tell the quality of the grille? Looks like every other RR grille. You want to see unacceptable cheapness, Check out the Bentayga. The mesh grille is plastichrome. You can bend it with the slightest pressure. The plastic servingware from Arby’s is of better quality than what I have experienced on the Continental and Bentayga.

    • Nordschleife

      Maybe they use that for pedestrian crash standards or to help an already portly vehicle save some weight.

      • TheBelltower

        Probably. Though it’s a signature design element that everyone touches. A little more heft wouldn’t hurt on such an expensive vehicle.

        • Nordschleife

          Touché. I respect that argument.

      • Mark Hawthorne

        It is for anti-pedestrian legislation. The original GT grilles were all metal at prototype stage but the plastic was necessary to meet impact requirements.

  • Autoexperte

    Range Rover with Rolls-Royce grille

  • I’ll wait for official photos instead, it gaves you some ideas but is still pretty blurry.

  • Nathan

    Liking it so far… I don’t know if anyone has seen some of the spy shots, though the dash looks has two “bumps” on each end as per the old Bentley GT… Very different to what the Phantom and Ghost is like. I’ve been drooling over spy pics for months to work this out…

  • Jacked BMW 7- Series with lots of extra bling…

  • Six Thousand Times

    Whew, I was afraid that it might be boxy and garish…

  • benT

    Glad to be rid of it – it’s been cluttering my garage for the past 3 months.

  • Moveon Libtards

    Still owned by a German car company.

  • Moveon Libtards

    Might have a London cab feel to it with the high roofline.

  • Robert

    And with that big, square off Rolls Royce face it’ll be the Herman Monster of luxury SUVs. 😉

  • Brabusbus

    Doesn’t anyone notice? if the steering wheel is the same as the next 3 series G20.

    • Matt

      It’s only there for testing, the production car will have a Rolls-Royce steering wheel.

  • iea96

    Looks like a MAN truck

    • CBV2020

      Agreed. RR has a particularly masculine if not handsome aesthetic.

  • OptixGuru

    Great looks… It kinda resembles what a vehicle might look like if they had taken a Range Rover body (especially if you look at it from the 3/4 rear view…)and slapped it together with A Rolls Royce front end, and jacked up the cost of Randge River by $100k.

    • Mark Hawthorne

      I’d imagine your $100K over a Range Rover isn’t going to prove accurate. A top spec. Bentayga is $100k more than a Range Rover so this is going to be $$$$ more.

  • Jason Panamera

    Nice Rolls Rover.

  • Manannas Nehad El Mallah
    • Mark Hawthorne

      Looks like you’re the man with the inside track Manannas.

    • Jesse A. C. Majors


  • Manannas Nehad El Mallah
    • Mark Hawthorne

      Seems the rear is very Range Rover inspired with the inward curving hips to reduce the overall sense of bulk.

    • Jesse A. C. Majors

      Makes no sense and I’m sure there has to be a weight restriction as to know damage the gate

  • Manannas Nehad El Mallah
    • LWOAP

      Looks better.

    • Jesse A. C. Majors


  • Manannas Nehad El Mallah
  • Manannas Nehad El Mallah
  • kenny the pig

    Think of the amount of Grey Poupon you could carry in this rig!

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