Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Manila has introduced the pinnacle of SUV luxury to the Philippines in the Rolls-Royce Cullinan. Named after the largest diamond ever discovered, the Cullinan completes the British luxury car manufacturer’s lineup in the country.
“Cullinan has been Rolls-Royce’s most anticipated new model, greeted with critical acclaim and perfectly equipped for the Philippines. Cullinan will be at the pinnacle of luxury here, with Bespoke capabilities that will complement the varied lifestyles of our highly successful customers,” commented Mr. Sven Grunwald, Asia Pacific Regional Product Manager for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
Having made its global debut last year, the Cullinan marks the first time Rolls-Royce entered the realm of SUVs. And the brand’s first vehicle with all-wheel drive and all-wheel steering systems. The Cullinan is founded by a platform called the ‘Architecture of Luxury’, striking a balance among performance, comfort, and refinement.
“Philippines is an SUV country, and we are very excited to launch Cullinan today. Cullinan is the car our customers have been waiting for, perfectly suited for this market with unmistakable presence on and off-road,” said Mr. Willy Tee Ten, President of Autohub Group, authorized distributors of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in Manila.
“This is the car that will set the new benchmark for super-luxury in the SUV segment, an all-purpose Rolls-Royce for out captains of industry,” he added.
A Pantheon grille sits on a chamfered edge, guided by the signature Spirit of Ecstasy. Deep-set Laser headlights and brow-shaped LEDs cast up to 600m at night. The super-luxury SUV measures 5,241mm in length, 2,000mm in width, and 1,836mm in height. Wheels fitted are part polished and measure 22 inches in diameter.
At the rear, the design theme for the lights remains simple as two narrow upright units house all the lights and are subtly decorated by thin narrow strips of jewelry at the center. Equipped with exposed metal exhaust pipes, the Cullinan shows off its ruggedness and durability.
The Cullinan comes with two interior options. First is the five-seater ‘Lounge’ version, with space for three passengers at the rear seats. In this option, rear seats fold down electronically completely, creating a flat load area or in 2/3 and 1/3 split, increasing practicality. Rear passengers can still travel with a long load or use the carpeted seat back as an occasional table.
This interior option’s rear compartment area offers a standard 560 liters of space, growing to 600 liters with the parcel shelf removed. With both the rear seats folded, the Cullinan offers a loading length of 2245mm and load capacity of 1930 liters.
Displayed at the launch at the Manila Polo Club, the four-seater version of the Cullinan, also known as the Individual Seat configuration, provides the highest level of luxury in the SUV segment. The two individual rear seats are separated by a Fixed Rear Center Console, which contains a drink cabinet with Rolls-Royce whisky glasses and decanter at the front, and champagne flutes and refrigerator in the rear. The seats feature ventilation and massage functions and can be adjusted to different settings
A fashion theme is evident in the cabin in either version of the interior, with the upper dashboard fascia clad in a newly-developed and contemporary-looking ‘Box Grain’ black leather – a durable and water-resistant boarded leather similar to the used in Italian luggage and handbag design.
Seats on the Cullinan are crafted from a single piece of leather to ensure the quality of its three-dimensional surface. They feature a simple but modern horseshoe graphic that emphasizes the supportive bolster of the seat.
On activation via the bespoke key, the Cullinan lowers itself by 40mm to make cabin entry effortless. Passengers are greeted by wide aperture, electronically-closing doors with touch sensitive door handles.
Within the cabin, passengers are can enjoy the a panoramic glass roof. On request, a studio-grade 18-channel, 18-speaker Bespoke audio system, touch-screen operated video entertainment systems as well as Rolls-Royce’s signature picnic tables are available. Occupants can keep their devices charged with USB-C ports; phones can be wirelessly charged at the front.
With regard to safety, the Cullinan is equipped with Night Vision and Vision Assist including daytime and night-tome Wildlife & Padestrian warning; Alertness Assistant, a 4-Camera system with Panoramic View, all-around visibility and helicopter view; Active Cruise Control; Collisions Warning; Cross-Traffic Warning; Lane Departure and Lane Change Warning; a 7×3” High Resolution Head-Up Display, WiFi hotsport, and the latest navigations systems.
Powering the Cullinan is a new 6.75-liter twin-turbo V12 Rolls-Royce engine that’s mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This powerhouse can produce numbers of 563 bhp at 5,000 rpm and 627 lb-ft. of torque at only 1,600 rpm. The Cullinan has a top speed of 249 km/h (155 mph), and can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds (0 to 60 mph in 5.0 seconds).
The Rolls-Royce Cullinan presented at the Manila Polo Club is finished in Sapphire Black with a Cobalto Blue Double Coachline. The interior is upholstered with a two-tone Selby Grey/Navy Blue combination, and an open-pore Circassian Walnut veneer.
Now available for order in the Philippines, the Cullinan will be delivered to customers beginning Q2 of 2019.