Xtomi Ponders How the Rolls-Royce Cullinan Could Evolve with Six Renderings
Some of these are great, while on is hideousby Robert Moore, on
The Rolls-Royce Cullinan has some people drooling and some people criticizing. Well, be prepared to drool and criticize even more as our friend Xtomi has decided to render the Cullinan in five different body styles that range from a shooting brake to a coupe, to a pickup. That’s right folks, an actual Cullinan pickup truck. So, with that said, we’re going to pick each design apart a bit and decide whether or not Rolls should actually considering making any of these body styles.
Rolls-Royce Cullinan Coupe
Of all five renderings created by Xtomi, this is the one that makes us want to gouge our eyes out. It is reminiscent of the Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury “SUV.” It has that fugly drop-off in the rear and a flat rear deck. It’s still clearly a phantom, but it just doesn’t work with the tall roof and stout rear end. This is definitely one design that Rolls-Royce should never do. In fact, if anyone at Rolls even suggests this body style, they should be thrown out of a window. Mad props to Xtomi for the design, though. It’s a great rendering.
Rolls-Royce Cullinan Drophead Coupe
Give the fact that I can’t stand the look of the Coupe rendering; you’ll probably find it surprising that I actually like the look of the Drophead Coupe. Of course, it’ll look dumb with the top up, but it’s got all of the Phantom goodness to go with unlimited headroom. Plus, that flat beltline that runs all of the way to the rear just works. It reminds me, vaguely, of the old Impala convertibles from back in the day. It’s long with plenty of room, and the box shape without a roof is attractive. It even makes the front end design stand out. Now, if Rolls wants to consider this, they should probably do it with a Phantom since the Cullinan is basically a Phantom turned into an SUV in the laziest of ways, but we’ll leave that conversation for another time.
Rolls-Royce Cullinan Shooting Brake
This rendering leaves me wanting to see more. It’s basically the same as the SUV but with only two doors. You could almost classify it as a high-riding hatchback over a shooting brake. Honestly, a shooting brake design would need to be a bit longer in the rear, but this isn’t a bad start. It also has me thinking that Rolls could really do something wild and move that engine to the rear. Can you imagine a high-riding Rolls with a rear engine configuration? Now that would be something to see. I guess being driven around in peace and quiet by some overpaid chauffeur goes out the window, but it would be a fun drive. The handling would probably go all to hell, but it would certainly be unique. As a two-door SUV, which is what I see here, I actually like the look better than I do the official model. Hmmmm – maybe Rolls could learn from something here. After all, there aren’t too many two-door SUVs on the market these days, and the brand does like to reside in its own niche, right?
Rolls-Royce Cullinan Pickup Truck
Now, this is the model I’m very intrigued by. First off, the idea of a Rolls-Royce pickup is just intriguing. For those of you who don’t know, there is a Rolls-Royce pickup truck out there…just one, though. It was a 1962 40/50HP Silver Ghost Tilbury that was converted from a sedan to a truck by Rolls-Royce Springfield and Willoughby and Co. So, before you set out to burn me at the stake for suggesting what I’m about to suggest, remember that I’m not the only one that thinks a Rolls-Royce truck is a good idea. It’s happened before and, as far as I’m concerned, I think it should happen again. Based on the Cullinan, it would have the suicide doors with the rear door being quite small. There would be a smaller bed, but that doesn’t matter because nobody in their right mind would use it as a work truck anyway. This would be more for the wealthy truck enthusiast. And, for some reason, the truck styling just looks good with the Phantom front end. Go ahead, Rolls – I promise we won’t crucify you for offering to build a few Cullinan pickups. In fact, we encourage you to do so.
Rolls-Royce Cullinan Sport
And the final model on the list is the Rolls-Royce Cullinan Sport. I wasn’t too keen on the Cullinan as it sits now, but a lowered model with bigger wheels, smaller tires, and some black trim just stands out to me. It is sporty in this form, and it is certainly something that Rolls-Royce should consider. We’re talking about the phantom looking with a slammed SUV body. It just screams out for a manual transmission and extra horsepower too. Something like this would probably handle well too, considering the center of gravity would be so much lower in comparison to the standard Cullinan. Of course, this is something Rolls would probably never consider but if any of you are into the lifestyle, for the love of God, please do a custom lowering job and put big wheels on your new Cullinan. Don’t go outrageous but keep it looking like this and I’ll be sure to do a full feature on your custom Cullinan. If you’re out there reading, Rolls, by all means, take the plunge and make a few of these – they would look amazing.
Rolls-Royce Cullinan Base Spec
Rolls-Royce would never build a “base” model as we know them. In general, these models are void of the usual bells and whistles. In Xtomi’s rendering of the base spec Cullinan, that means we’ll key some healthy black contrast that actually looks better than the standard model Rolls debuted just the other day. To sum it up briefly, it takes all of the chrome garnishings and replaces it with blacked out trim. That includes the hood emblem, grille, the entire front fascia, door trim panels, and even the window trim. We don’t know why it looks so good, but it does. We’re not sure about those basic steel rims, but they are an interesting touch with all of the contrast. Who knows what the inside would look like – we’ve never seen a Rolls without all the bells and whistles, but it would be interesting to see, don’t you think?
I always find it funny when new cars are followed up by renderings. The renderings almost always look better than what the automaker itself came up with. It makes you wonder why automakers don’t tap into some of these design enthusiasts and put their ideas to good use. Outside of the “coupe” model above – which, oddly, is probably the design Rolls would most likely go with – all of these designs are more than worthy of wearing a Rolls badge. I tip my hat to Xtomi for taking the time to put all of these creative ideas together, and I would welcome all of you to leave your opinions in the comments section below. Do you find intrigue in any of these designs? Would you drive the pickup or the sport model? Are you one of the weirdos that would go with that coupe design? Let me know!
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