Rolls-Royce SUV Called Cullinan Internally
After the British luxury carmaker recently announced that it has started work on a "high-bodied car [...] that can cross any terrain," Rolls-Royce has also let it slip that the internal moniker for its new SUV is Cullinan. The name is an obvious reference to the largest diamond ever found, from which the largest polished gem now adorns the so-called Sceptre with the Cross, part of the British Crown Jewels.
British sources mention that although the SUV is being referred to internally as the Cullinan, it is not exactly a code name in the style of Bentley Bentayga’s "Falcon" internal moniker, but more of a nickname its engineers have given it. The model’s official code name is actually "RR31," alluding to the fact that it will be the 31st new Rolls-Royce in the company’s history. That said, I think the Cullinan name would actually be quite fitting for the upcoming SUV, as it is likely to rule over its peers in a similar way that the diamond has done since it was discovered in 1905.
The actual name for Rolls-Royce’s first SUV will probably not stray much from the carmaker’s modern lineup, which largely consists of various occult apparitions on wheels (e.g. Phantom, Ghost or Wraith). The carmaker could also bring back a historic name from the past, in order to better symbolize how the new SUV is actually following in the footsteps of more traditional Rolls-Royce models.
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Why it matters
Long-rumored but finally acknowledged in February 2015, the first Rolls-Royce SUV is set to be launched sometime in late 2017, with the luxury carmaker choosing to base the model on a new, aluminum-intensive platform shared for the most part with the 2016 BMW 7 Series and the 2017 BMW X7. Price-wise, the SUV should slot between the Ghost and the Phantom.
Not yet confirmed, but the new SUV is likely to be powered by a reworked version of the twin-turbocharged V-12 used in the Phantom. With a displacement of 6.75-liters – or the "six and three-quarter" made famous by Rolls-Royce and Bentley – the big V-12 with direct injection has been developed by BMW, using the 12-cylinder from the BMW 760i as a starting point. I think it’s safe to say that even if the "high-bodied" Roller switches to an all-new V-12, the 6.75-liter displacement is likely to remain the same. An all-wheel-drive system and electronically controlled pneumatic suspension are also a given.