Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV officially previewed ahead of test runs

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British marquee Rolls Royce is working on its first ever SUV for a while now. The BMW owned company recently released the first images of the model, known as project Cullinan. The images have been revealed as the model begins its test runs on public roads.

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Although completely wrapped in camouflage, we can see the signature rectangular theme across the body of the upcoming SUV. One of the images reveals the absence of the suicide doors that have been replaced by the conventional design. Could this be a fake set of handles? Only time would tell.

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According to the company, the Rolls Royce Cullinan, which it refers to as an ‘all-terrain, high sided vehicle’, will be its first product to be equipped with an all wheel drive. The SUV will be built on all new aluminium architecture that will underpin all Rolls Royce models from the year 2018.

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Once in its production form, the Cullinan is expected to be powered by the Phantom’s 6.75-litre V12 engine even as reports suggest that a new plug-in hybrid drive-train could also be on the cards. The British automaker has not divulged any details about the exact specifications of the SUV.

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The luxury automobile manufacturer has also said that they would begin testing the production ready models in various conditions soon. To begin with, the test mule will make its way to the Arctic Circle for cold weather durability before it continues its journey in the middle east for high temperature tests. The model is reportedly scheduled to debut in the year 2018.

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