In order to expand their business there are now more and more manufacturers releasing SUVs or crossover in order to meet the demand of their customers. Maserati is going to do it, Bentley will do it and even Porsche did it some time ago. It is now time for the best well known luxury car manufacturer in the World to do it now because Rolls Royce announced not too long ago that they are going to release an all new high performance luxury 2017 Rolls-Royce SUV.
Rolls-Royce SUV Review
The codename for it is currently Cullinan but the actual name of the production vehicle is unknown at this point.So, what do we know so far about the 2017 Rolls-Royce SUV? Well, it seems that the early rumors that it will be based on the Ghost are in fact wrong.
A model has been spied testing not too long ago and the SUV is actually based on a shorter platform of the Phantom II car. The test-mule had a body based on the Phantom but it was shorter and higher off the ground.
Rolls Royce even said that this mule is testing a new suspension and drivetrain system that will provide the magic carpet ride of the Phantom, all without losing the performance of going off the road.
2017 Rolls-Royce SUV Release date and Price
The release date is likely going to be at the end of 2016 while the production model will be released a bit later.
The price is unknown at this point but considering it will be based on the Phantom rather than the Ghost, the 2017 Rolls-Royce SUV could cost in excess of $350,000, thus making it the most expensive production SUV in the World.
Engine of Rolls-Royce SUV 2017
Engine wise, the Cullinan will likely use the same powertrain as the one found in the Phantom which is not the most powerful by any means but it does provide the most amount of balance and smoothness.
The 6.75 liter naturally aspirated V12 is capable in the Phantom of 454 horsepower and 531 lb-ft of torque which Rolls Royce calls adequate.
The engine will then be mated to a newly developed transmission system which is likely to use an 8 speed automatic rather than the old 6 speed unit as well as a standard four wheel drive system which will be able to send up to 100% of the torque to any given wheel.
The car should also feature limited slip and lockable differentials as well as an air suspension system which will provide the required ride.
Rolls-Royce SUV Exterior
The exterior of the upcoming Rolls SUV is unfortunately unknown at this point and there are not many rumors about it either.
However, Rolls Royce said in a press release that the test mule spied earlier this year gives us an indication of the dimensions of the car and that’s about it.
This means it will be around 20 inches shorter than the Phantom but it will still be bigger than most other SUVs out there.
On top of that, the air suspension system seems to be adjustable so the car will likely be able to change its ground clearance according to the road surface it is driving on.
The front end will get the same grille as all the other cars from their roster and a similar headlights design to that of the Phantom but the back of the Cullinan is likely going to be all new.
Interior of Rolls-Royce 2017
Inside the cabin, the 2017 Rolls-Royce SUV will only feature the best materials available on the market.
Even the base version which costs nearly four times more than the X6 M, will feature things such as customizable wood inserts, premium hand stitched leather, the newest infotainment system available as well as more luggage and passenger space than all the other Rolls Royce cars.