Finally, another automaker is getting on the SUV bandwagon. About to reveal its very first SUV is Rolls-Royce, which stated that “the wait is almost over” as it prepares to introduce Goodwood’s “High Sided Vehicle”.
BMW Group’s high end marque also shared plans of carrying over the model’s codename by deciding to baptize the new model as “Cullinan”. In fact, Cullinan was the working title about a couple of months ago, and all of a sudden, it is ready to make history - being Rolls Royce’s first-ever SUV.
The name of the car originated from Cullinan Diamond, which is the largest gem quality rough diamond ever found, with a weight of 3,106.75 carats (621.35g), according to Wikipedia. It was in1905 when this was discovered in South Africa’s Magaliesberg Mountains and was then named after the mine’s chairman, Thomas Cullinan.
The gem was split into nine pieces. These were then affixed to the British Imperial Crown and Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross. This stone has an estimated cost of over two billion dollars.
This name is very fitting for this extraordinary new product by Rolls Royce, as the car focuses on clarity of purpose, such flawless quality and preciousness, and presence that it recalibrates the scale and possibility of true luxury. Furthermore, the CEO of Rolls Royce, Torsten Muller-Otvos, says that it is the ideal name for what will be the company’s second model to be based on the aluminum intensive “Architecture of Luxury” platform, after the Phantom.
The Rolls Royce Cullinan is scheduled to make its public debut later this year, perhaps sometime during the summer, says sources from Automotive News. However, loyal customers will likely be able to get a preview of this behind closed doors. This vehicle will be equipped with the same 6.75-liter V12 engine as the Phantom VIII. It is also set to become the most luxurious SUV the automotive world has ever seen.
The automaker has not shared details regarding the pricing just yet, but when comparing it with other models, we expect it to be more premium (in fact, it is the most expensive) than the rest of the lineup, which includes the Phantom that has a starting price of $450,000 in the United States.
Cullinan could easily be the most expensive new car money can buy. Being built under a luxury marque while being named after a very expensive piece of stone, we can only expect it to be astounding. In case you were wondering, Rolls Royce actually already holds that title with the Sweptail, a one-off that was sold for $12.8 million.