Rolls-Royce has officially revealed that its forthcoming SUV will be named Cullinan – after the largest gem-quality diamond ever found.
The legendary British marque is expected to release the opulent off roader later in 2018 as a rival to Bentley’s extravagant Bentayga 4×4.
Unwilling to describe the car as an SUV, Rolls-Royce said the ‘high-sided vehicle’ shares its name with a 2106-carat jewel that was unearthed in South Africa in 1905 and is the largest flawless diamond ever found.
With the car not going on sale until the end of 2018, Rolls-Royce brand has refrained from giving away any performance figures regarding the upcoming SUV.
Even the images released along with the name confirmation show the vehicle cloaked entirely in camouflage as it was pictured undergoing a Herculean test regime in extreme climates.
Rolls-Royce said: ‘From the searing deserts of Africa and the Middle East to the freezing snows of the Arctic Circle; from the grassy glens of the Scottish Highlands to the towering canyons of North America, the designers, engineers, craftspeople and artisans of the House of Rolls-Royce have shaped, tested and polished this unique motor car to eliminate any flaw and make it Effortless, Everywhere.’
The aluminium-spaceframe chassis it will be built on should trim some weight, but don’t expect the lavish off roader – which we doubt will be used for much off-roading at all – to tip the scales at anything less than two tonnes.