With rival Bentley already announcing the arrival of its 2017 SUV, Rolls-Royce is expected to release its own SUV in early 2018. The 2017 Rolls-Royce SUV will combine SUV’s off-road features along with Rolls-Royce’s reputed comfort levels. The company’s CEO was heard saying that Bentley’s SUV is “Number 2 in line” and clearly, the Rolls-Royce version will lead the pack. Here are 10 specs for potential customers about the luxury car manufacturer’s first SUV.
To clear all doubts, 2017 Rolls-Royce SUV will go by the code name “Cullinan” and will reveal itself based on Phantom II body structure. Despite being 20 inches shorter than Phantom, the Cullinan will be comparable in size to the biggest SUVs in production.
2017 Rolls-Royce SUV – Exterior Body Changes and Interior Cabin Design
The Rolls-Royce SUV 2017 will receive a modification in looks with bigger bumper and skid plate. The British firm may do away with their traditional taillight and may install larger units placed horizontally. Also, the car will have 22-inch wheels with upswept bumpers protruding exhaust pipes.
In addition, interiors are going to be lined with customized wooden finish and premium hand-crafted leather. Door panels and its dashboard will have metallic aluminum finish with hundreds of customizable options to choose from. Rolls-Royce exclusive backseat passenger luxury can be guaranteed.
Expect all the standard safety features of Rolls-Royce to come with 2017 Rolls Royce SUV. This includes Anti-Whiplash that reacts to rear collisions, pre-tensioners, anti-lock brakes and advanced security features of disabling the engine without the original key.
Also, this car is all set to feature a new aluminum-intensive platform from the British company. Rolls-Royce has stopped producing its old platform already and promises the best performance of its new SUV in all terrains.
2017 Rolls-Royce SUV – Powerful Engine and Performance
In addition, the Rolls-Royce is likely to equip this luxury SUV with its premium V12, Ghost twin-turbo, 6.6-liter engine. Turbocharged engines come with compressor-based air suction facility to boost engine performance.
Improved powertrain places 2017 Rolls Royce SUV second to Rolls-Royce’s Wraith in the domain of most- powerful SUV. The car is set to deliver a massive 600 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque to its wheels. Also, the 2017 Rolls-Royce SUV is set to achieve a maximum speed of 155 mph (estimated). It can accelerate from stand still (0 mph) to 60 mph in a matter of just 6.7 seconds.
Another feature Cullinan may borrow from BMW is the hybrid powertrain. As of 2015, Rolls-Royce has not installed any of its automobiles with a hybrid. Since Bentayga and Urus appearing with hybrid units, Cullinan is also expected to take the same route. The mechanism that connects its transmission to axles will be provided by BMW, Rolls-Royce’s parent company. All features combined, 2017 Rolls-Royce SUV will look to compete with the likes of Lamborghini Urus and Bentley Bentayga.
2017 Rolls-Royce SUV – Release Date and How Much will Cost?
In conclusion, the new SUV is estimated to range around $250,000 making it the most expensive SUV to be launched, placing it above Bentley’s SUV with a price tag of $200,000. Finally, the price of 2017 Rolls-Royce SUV will fall below $250,000 mainly due to its Ghost installation.