Rolls-Royce has announced its first ever SUV will be launched towards the end of 2018.

Bentley just joined the SUV bandwagon with the Bentayga and they say it's the most luxurious model in its segment ever made, but Rolls-Royce's boss Torsten Muller Otvos told Auto Express the "Bentley SUV is clearly the number two" and the RR will be the top dog once it will hit dealerships late 2018. Asked whether it will be called "Cullinan", Muller said that he loves the name which can only mean the SUV will receive this moniker after the world's biggest rough diamond.

We remind you Rolls-Royce has already revealed a test mule of their first ever SUV and we know that it will utilize a newly developed aluminum spaceframe that won't be sourced from parent company BMW. That being said, some of the vehicle's bits and pieces will be borrowed from the confirmed X7.

In a previous interview, Muller said that although it will not be a veritable off-roader, the Cullinan will still be capable of going "from the opera to the Alps, with enough room for passengers and all their gear." We also know it will boast a new suspension providing a "magic-carpet" ride and that it will be nearly as long as the Phantom (5482mm) from where it will source the V12 6.75-liter engine.

Rolls-Royce hasn't said anything about the Cullinan's price, but word on the street says it will kick off at around £250,000 which will make it a lot more expensive than the Bentayga which begins at £160,200.

Gallery: Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV confirmed for late 2018 launch

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