Rolls-Royce has released the first official images of its new Project Cullinan SUV ahead of its showroom launch in 2018.
It shows the Bentley Bentayga rival wearing its production body for the first time, albeit with a heavy disguise. Despite that, the test mule gives away the overall shape and size; previously, we’d only seen the SUV wearing a Phantom body, but these shots show a much taller and more imposing vehicle.
Under the skin, the Project Cullinan sits on all-new aluminium architecture that will eventually be used for the next-generation Phantom. A new suspension system is also being tested that promises to deliverthe brand’s “famous magic-carpet ride on a variety of surfaces”.
The production model is expected to use the Cullinan name, while Rolls-Royce promises we will see the model testing around the Arctic Circle and the Middle East next year. Expect to see plenty more spy shots in the coming months, then.