“It’s a go-everywhere vehicle,” said Harris. “Where you’ve got a mixture of made roads, un-made roads, you need flexibility. And you need comfort and usability and I think when Cullinan comes on board, you will see a new level of go-everywhere, high-sided vehicle.
“It will have off-road capability but I would say it’s designed for on-road.”
The as-yet-to-be-named Rolls-Royce SUV, or as the company prefers to call it, ‘go-anywhere, high-sided vehicle’ is due for release in 2019. It will share the same aluminium spaceframe platform as the just launched luxo-barge Rolls-Royce Phantom. It is also likely to share the Phantom’s 6.75-litre V12 petrol engine and will be all-wheel drive.
Harris said the SUV is a “very” important car for Rolls-Royce and that “the important thing for us is that the underlying architecture of luxury found in [the Phantom] will transform itself into that model as well.”
He also revealed there had been some interest from potential Australian buyers “but we’re very early in the phase. I think people have got to see it a little bit… We’re about to invite some Australians over [to the UK] to see ‘Cullinan’, to see what they think.”
One thing’s for sure; with Rolls-Royce already stating it won’t be ‘chasing volume’ with a smaller, cheaper entry-level SUV, it's not unreasonable to expect the ‘Cullinan’ to lob at around the $1million mark when it lands here in Australia.
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