The Rolls-Royce Cullinan makes its way to Asia via Singapore reveal

August 8, 2018

It was only last May when Rolls-Royce unveiled what it says is the Rolls-Royce of SUVs, the Cullinan. This high-bodied luxury car, as the British brand calls it, sought to change the way people think of luxury SUVs. And now, the vaunted vehicle arrives in the Southeast Asian region via a posh premiere held atop the covered swimming pool of the Ritz Carlton Millenia.

Designed to go Effortless Everywhere, the new Cullinan caters to a new breed of Rolls-Royce and luxury vehicle buyer. These are the people who want to have an adventure yet aren’t about to sacrifice comfort and luxury. And this, the Cullinan provides.

The second vehicle to ride on the new Architecture of Luxury after the eighth-generation Phantom, the Cullinan promises to take passengers to places where there are no roads—where the road ends and the terrain begins. Despite this lofty promise, it even takes things a step further by promising to give the same Magic Carpet Ride that has been a staple of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars since its beginnings in the early 1900.s

On the outside, the Cullinan gets the same Rolls-Royce styling cues, this time sculpted into a high-riding vehicle. Signature touches include the chamfered Pantheon grille flanked by LED headlights and a prominent brow that acts as the SUV’s daytime running lights. Needless the say, the Spirit of Ecsstassy sits proudly atop the leading edge of the grille while a “bustle back” rear end pays tribute to Rolls-Royce Tourers from the 1930s.

Of course, this being a luxury SUV, space and refinement are mixed with only the finest appointments in the business. The Viewing Suite and Recreation Module, for instance, help make life’s special moments just a tad more comfortable as you can soak it all up in the lap of luxury. Modern conveninences abound in the new Cullinamn—another clear sign that this vehicle is designed for the new generation of buyers. You get stuff like the first-ever digital touchscreen found in a Rolls-Royce, as well as no less than five (5) USB-C ports and wireless phone chargers.

Patrons can choose to commission their Cullinan in two ways—either for Lounge Seating where three across can sit in total comfort at the rear, or Individual, wherein two individual seats allow for truly luxurious motoring. Either way, the cabin features a Pavilion-style seating arrangement where the rear seats are positioned higher up than those in front. This gives them a commanding view of the scenery. And of course, large glass windows allow them to soak it all in.

Either way, occupants and their surroundings are kept safe with goodies like Laser Headlights, Vision Assist, Night Vision, Alertness Assist, Daytime and Nighttime Pedestrian Warning, and a 4-Cmaera system that even allows one to get a helicopter view of the vehicle and its surroundings. And yes, driver aids like adaptive cruise control and rear-cross traffic alert (among others) are part of the package.

To give patrons an idea of how they can spec their Cullinan, Rolls-Royce showed off a Magma Red example with Tan and Black interior during the Singapore reveal. Of course, patrons can commission the Bespoke Collective to tailor their ride to suit their style  and taste. Either way, all Cullinans will be powered by a 6.74-liter twin-turbo V12 that puts out 850hp, mated to an 8-speed auto and all-wheel drive. This allows the large SUV to push forward with grace and pace.

Yes, the Rols-Royce Cullinan has arrived in Asia. And it should only be a matter of time before Filipinos will get to experience this new way of luxury motoring.

About the Author

Mr. Gerard Jude Castillo
Gerard has been a self-confessed car nut ever since he was a little boy. As a grown-up, he indulges in his passion by collecting toy cars (which he started since childhood) and reading up on the latest cars out there.  As Associate Editor, he will ensure that you get your fill of the latest cars in the market, as well as a load of automotive features.