Here it is, finally, after years of teasers and camouflaged mules: The 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan. The Rolls-Royce of SUVs is here at last. And it has a wicked trunk setup.
I’m getting to the good stuff immediately. The new Cullinan, which is the second Rolls-Royce to ride on the automaker’s all-new aluminum architecture, has a two-section tailgate called “The Clasp” which you can open or close at the touch of a button. There are jump seats back there. What.
The Cullinan is powered by a 6.75-liter (“litre” in British/Rolls-Royce parlance) twin-turbo V12 engine that delivers 563 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque to an all-new, all-wheel drive, all-wheel steer system. This engine has been reworked to make the Cullinan comfortable even while it’s off-roading.
Rolls-Royce says that the torque is now delivered at the lowest possible spot its engineers could manage in the rev range (1,600 rpm), which, coupled with its all-wheel drive, all-wheel steering and “Magic Carpet Ride” air suspension system, should make for a luxurious off-roading experience. I had always thought people liked the bumps from off-roading, but to each their own I guess.
It’s a Rolls, so obviously the inside is an opulent den, stitched from the buttery hides of only the least fly-bitten cows. But in the back, there is actually a three-seat configuration, making the Cullinan an absolutely family-friendly, five-seater SUV.
Rolls-Royce says that it is the most “practical” vehicle it makes. To prove that point, the rear seats also fold down, proving ample storage space for the cases and cases of aged champagne that a Cullinan driver would certainly need to haul around.
Here are some other items Rolls imagines its customers would use all the extra storage space for:
But for those wishing to carry a long item back from their trip – whether it be a Mark Rothko from the Art Gallery or a newly discovered artefact from the latest archaeological dig – a loading length of 2245mm and load capacity of 1930 litres is accessed by electronically raising the boot floor to meet the seat base, allowing the item to slide through effortlessly.
Anyway, as we mentioned yesterday, you’d need to see the nearly 6,000-pound Cullinan next to a normal car to truly appreciate how much larger it is. You can kind of see it here, as a mule still and parked next to a BMW sedan.
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