This is our best look yet at the Rolls-Royce Cullinan
Which, it has been announced, gets a pop-out set of rear seats in the tailgate
They're not designed for use while the car is moving, however
Like the rest of the brand's lineup, the Cullinan has suicide rear doors
The Cullinan arrives before the end of the year
Rolls-Royce confirms that the car will retain its development name
It gets the aluminium architecture first used on the new Phantom
The brand remains tight-lipped on details
It's the first car in Rolls-Royce's history to use four-wheel drive
It's also the first SUV produced by the company
Or, rather, a 'high-sided vehicle'
The new snaps give us the best look we've had yet at the car's rear
Naturally, it takes inspiration from the Phantom…
…with small, D-shaped tail-lights
Deliveries start before the end of the year
There's no word on pricing, but being a Phantom-like SUV, it's likely to exceed £250,000
Rolls-Royce has confirmed its new SUV will be called Cullinan
The name was the SUV's internal development project name
The SUV shares a platform with the Phantom
The Cullinan has been undergoing an extensive testing programme
The luxury model, which has been testing for three years in Northern Europe, the Middle East and the United States, will be filmed and photographed as part of the partnership's The Final Challenge series, which will be posted onto social media.
The Cullinan, due for launch later this year, is claimed to mix ultra-luxury with genuine off-road ability.
Rolls-Royce unveiled the car's pop-out, tailgate-mounted seats and table recently, following confirmation of the car's name. Recent spy shots showed the Cullinan with the least disguise we've seen yet, revealing much of the Phantom-like look of the car.
Each of the pop-out seats, which are rear-facing and intended for use while the car is not in motion, bears the Rolls-Royce logo, and they both fold back into a compartment in the boot floor.
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The Phantom's influence is clear to see, with a near-identical fascia at the front and D-shaped tail-lights at the rear. The boxy design shows that the Cullinan takes after the Phantom rather than the smoother-looking Ghost. Spy shots show that the rear doors are rear-hinged, as seen on the Ghost and the Phantom.
The rival to the Bentley Bentayga was called 'Project Cullinan' during its development. The name is inspired by the Cullinan Diamond, a 3106-carat jewel extracted from a South African mine in 1905. It was split into nine stones, with the two largest used in the British imperial crown and the Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross.
Rolls-Royce boss Torsten Müller-Ötvös said the Cullinan name had been “hiding in plain sight”, adding: “It is the most fitting name for our extraordinary new product.”
The Cullinan, which Rolls-Royce refers to as a "high-sided vehicle" rather than an SUV, is likely to use a developed version of the Phantom’s 6.8-litre V12 engine. A plug-in hybrid powertrain could also be offered at a later stage, using technology from parent company BMW. Rolls-Royce has dismissed a diesel option due to the comparative lack of refinement offered by such units.
The all-wheel-drive car will use the same aluminium spaceframe platform, named the Architecture of Luxury, as the Phantom.