Rolls-Royce Cullinan: A close look at the most expensive SUV in the Indian market.
It is not just the most expensive SUV in the country, but the Cullinan is also the first-ever SUV from Rolls-Royce, marking its entry in this space. This is largely due to the fact that the high-riding SUVs have been the consumers choice for the past few years or so. Therefore, it was about time we started seeing an SUV from the luxury automaker.
The first-ever all-terrain locomotive from the Goodwood based manufacturer made its entry into the Indian market in the last few days of 2018. The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is based on the ‘Architecture of Luxury’ platform, which also underpinsthe latest generation of the Phantom.
As is a norm with every other Rolls-Royce, the Cullinan is engineered with its main emphasis on luxury and opulence before anything else. However, it would be fair to say you’ll not find any shortcomings with the Cullinan in any other aspect. This super-luxury SUV is also a multi-terrain vehicle – as mentioned above – so that it can go off the tarmac once a while if you choose to do so. Here’s a full model overview.
By the looks of it, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan new model is both elegant and dynamic. The emphasis on luxury is visible here, but the company has made sure it is equally imposing, so as to endow the typical SUV stance.
As for its gigantic proportions, the Rolls-Royce you see above measures in a length of 5,341 mm, 2,000mm in width and stands 1,835mm tall. It has a wheelbase which stretches to 3,295mm while it sits on huge 22-inch alloy wheels. Moreover, it has a boot space capacity of a massive 560-litres and a fuel tank capacity of 100-litres.
As for what lies under the hood, the Cullinan only comes powered with just a singleengine option. At the heart of the matter is a 6.75-litre supercharged V12 petrol engine, which is capable of churning out 563bhp and mind-numbing 850Nm of torque. A puddle on the road, a decision not to avoid it, a push on the pedal, and, before you even know, you’re already cruising in triple-digit speeds. The ZF 8-speed automatic transmission works impeccably and imperceptibly, with virtually no lag whatsoever.
Sure, no typical customer of a Rolls-Royce would be curious about how much the car returns as its fuel efficiency, but just for the economic aficionados, the Cullinan is expected to deliver somewhere around 5-6km/l.
The officials at Rolls-Royce believe in old-school charm, therefore, the Cullinan is not overly-brimmed with fancy touchscreens and exquisite features. So, it follows a very traditional, yet luxurious route when it comes to the overall interior.
The only touchscreen to be found here is placed in the centre, which is based on BMW’s iDrive system. You do get 360-degree cameras and a fully-digital instrument cluster, which, then again, is designed in a way it feels like a conventional cluster with needles. There are traditional knobs for the HVAC system, which feels nice and tactile and doesn’t demand you to take your eyes off the road. The quality of just about anything you touch is sublime, with absolutely nothing for us to nit-pick.
The Cullinan, as of early-2020, comes in fifteen shades, namely, Black, Diamond Black, Anthracite, Jubilee Silver, Silver, Midnight Blue, Darkest Tungsten, Blue Velvet, Metropolitan Blue, Woodland Green, New Sable, Madeira Red, Ensign Red, Cornish White, and Arctic White.
All the details regarding the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, namely, the engine, specifications, variant wise equipment, colours, dimensions, interiors, and exterior details are extensively covered in the brochure.
Variants and Prices
As of early-2020, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan is available in a single variant, in the petrol-automatic configuration. It is priced at Rs. 6.95 crores for the sole SUV variant (ex-showroom, Delhi). For the variant-wise on-road prices, visit us at autoX. Also, grab the latest info on the upcoming cars, only at autoX.