Rolls-Royce is nearly ready to reveal its first ever SUV – or as engineers like to call it, an "all-terrain, high-sided vehicle." The appropriately-named Cullinan is expected to make its debut sometime in 2018, but not before we catch a few candids of the prototype testing on public roads in Munich.
Seen here wearing a heavy amount of camouflage, the new spy shots show off even more of the Rolls-Royce-esque fascia than ever before; vertical chrome inserts, chiseled fenders, and large intake vents dominate the design. We also get our first glimpse at the rear – though, from what we can tell, it looks to still be in the early stages of development.
Project Cullinan will continue testing throughout the year on public roads before it makes its way up to the Arctic Circle for cold-weather evaluations beginning in December. Later in 2017, it will head to the deserts of the Middle East for durability and hot-weather testing before its debut in 2018.
Aside from the angular design, we do know that the Rolls SUV will ride on the same new aluminum spaceframe platform that will underpin the next Phantom – it will have the signature coach doors too. Power will come initially from a more powerful version of the company’s signature 6.75-liter V12, with hybrid and EV variants expected to follow. That added oomph will be sent to all four wheels, but don’t expect to take this thing to go off-roading any time soon.
No word on pricing just yet, but expect it to be in the mid-six-figure range, per any good Rolls. The Cullinan will compete directly with the new Bentley Bentayga, and eventual Lamborghini SUV when it debuts.