Rolls-Royce is famous for its innovative creations, and its latest incarnation is no exception. This year the British automakers are launching a stunning bespoke SUV. Baroque Ground has all the details
We love the Rolls-Royce Wraith, right? And now, imagine that it has been given a dose of steroids. What’s the result, you ask? It’s not a coupé this time. It’s a super-luxury SUV called the Cullinan. The brain behind this innovative creation is an Indian automobile designer who specializes in custom-made models of famous vehicles. And his take on the Rolls-Royce Wraith is one amazing vehicle… it’s a six-wheeler for starters, a four-door, three-axle concept car whose enormous wheels get all the attention.
Due to be launched this year, the Wraith-like SUV is a completely bespoke vehicle, a handcrafted four-seat luxury grand tourer that has a similar chassis to the Rolls-Royce Ghost. Although it’s an SUV, it doesn’t feature all-wheel-drive. In fact, the power in the car is sent to only the four rear wheels.
Let’s face it – this isn’t the first SUV to come out of a luxury car manufacturer in the past few years. At the end of 2017, Italian automaker Lamborghini revealed a new model that combines the performance and style of a sports car with the durability associated with an SUV. And let’s not forget the earlier incarnation from Bentley, the beautiful Bentayga. But this one from Rolls-Royce certainly ups the ante.
The name of the vehicle, ‘Cullinan’, is from the very famous and equally enormous Cullinan Diamond that boasts almost 3,107 carats. The SUV will be based on Rolls-Royce’s new aluminium-space frame architecture. Its engine is likely to be similar to the twin-turbo 6.6 liter in the Rolls-Royce Ghost, and there’s no doubt that a plug-in hybrid will also be on offer.
Of course, the caliber of person purchasing one of these exquisite SUV’s won’t mind the fact that fuel is going to cost a fortune. The person also won’t be averse to waiting for the 2019 vehicle’s release in late 2018. Or parting with more than the cost of a Rolls-Royce Wraith, which is in the region of $420,000.