Rolls-Royce joins auto industry trend with first SUV

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Get ready for something new from Rolls-Royce. The luxurious British carmaker will soon debut its first sport utility vehicle. It will be called the Cullinan and, as expected, it will be big and powerful as its namesake.

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The Cullinan, the largest diamond ever found, is part of the British Crown Jewels.

Rolls-Royce will soo debut its first SUV, Cullinan
Rolls-Royce will soon debut its first SUV, the Cullinan.

Pricing and a release date haven’t been announced, but the Cullinan is expected to be available in late 2018 and with an estimated entry price of around $400,000. It will be the most expensive Rolls-Royce ever made.

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Constructed with all-aluminum architecture, the Cullinan will have impressive specs: a 6.75-liter, twin-turbo V12 with 563 horsepower. It will come standard all-wheel drive, four-wheel steering and rear-hinged coach doors. The estimated 0-60 mph standard has not been announced.

Lots of other features add to the pending beast’s off-the-hook persona: The Cullinan weighs 5,800 pounds and features 22-inch wheels. Rolls-Royce says the vehicle can ford as much as 21 inches of standing water.

Further technology features will include: wifi hotspot capability, five USB ports, wireless phone charging, night vision cameras with wildlife and pedestrian warnings, alertness as360-degree and top-down camera, alertness assistance, active cruise control, collision warning, cross-traffic warning, lane departure warning and a head-up display.

All instruments will be digital, and a navigation system with touchscreen interface will be standard.

The Cullinan can be configured with room for two or three passengers in the back. With the two-seat rear configuration, passengers get access to a rear console with a drinks cabinet.

Rolls-Royce is calling the Cullinan an “all-terrain high-bodied car,” but doesn’t reference it as an SUV.

Additional features will be in typical Rolls-Royce tradition: a picnic table in the tailgate to champagne cooler to jewelry-like switchgear and even a bespoke “recreation module” that can be tailored for any hobby or sport.

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