Rolls-Royce Motor Cars officially previewed their first ever SUV back in 2016. Known as Project Cullinan, a few images of the prototype were shared by the British marquee ahead of its test runs. Now, Rolls-Royce has confirmed that the new SUV, or ‘High Sided Vehicle’ as the brand prefers to call it, will indeed be known as the Culling itself.
The name was confirmed by Rolls-Royce which also took the opportunity to share a new single teaser image as well as a few images as the Culling prototype continues its test runs across the globe. The company has said that the model has been tested in various regions such as the searing deserts of Africa and the Middle East to the freezing snows of the Arctic Circle and from the grassy glens of the Scottish Highlands to the towering canyons of North America.
Rolls-Royce derived the name Cullinan from the largest diamond ever discovered, which was unearthed back in 1905 in South Africa. Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer of Rolls-Royce, said that the name Cullinan has been hiding in plain sight since they revealed it as the project name some years ago. It is the most fitting name for their extraordinary new product, he added.
The upcoming Rolls-Royce Cullinan will be the second product after the new Phantom from the company to be underpinned by the all new aluminium space frame platform, also known as the ‘Architecture of Luxury’ platform. Likely to use the same 6.75-litre V12 engine as the new Phantom, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, once launched, will rival the likes of the Bentley Bentayga.