With the exception of Ferrari and very few other automakers, most car companies have at least one crossover or an SUV on sale today. Bentley has the Bentayga while Lamborghini is putting the finishing touches on the production-ready Urus due in just a few months. As for Rolls-Royce, it’s also about to jump on the bandwagon with “Cullinan,” which is a codename for the brand’s first-ever vehicle of this kind due to go on sale at some point in 2018.
This prototype was caught undergoing cold-weather testing in Sweden and can be seen for a short while in the company of the next-generation Phantom. It doesn’t come as a big shock the two were holding hands considering they’ll both share the same new aluminum-intensive platform and an upgraded iteration of the V12 engine.
Not only that, but the Phantom VIII’s styling will rub off on the Cullinan and it’s already noticeable despite the full camouflage applied on both prototypes. The sedan’s styling will embody the pure definition of an evolutionary design, so don’t expect its high-riding counterpart to surprise you with its exterior appearance.
A more modern approach will be noticeable inside the cabin where the Cullinan will likely boast an all-digital instrument cluster as observed a while ago on a test vehicle of the new Phantom. It remains to be seen whether the folks from Rolls-Royce will still allow customers to go with analog dials, but they might have to taking into account their clients are on average in their 50s.
It’s too early to talk about pricing, but it’s safe to say the Cullinan will command a significant premium over the new Phantom. The ultra-posh sedan is slated to premiere later this year and we might see it at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. When the wraps will come off the all-new Phantom, it will provide a solid preview of the all-wheel-drive Cullinan billed by RR as being a “high-bodied car.”