Last month, we had the privilege of attending our first ever luxury car launch: the unveiling of Rolls-Royce‘s new Cullinan SUV. Since I ain’t an expert in terms of car specs and all of those, I’ll leave that to the automobile publications to cover all that. So, what I’ll be doing right here, will be from an aesthetic perspective.
The Cullinan marks Rolls-Royce’s foray into the sports utility market, and for its first ever SUV, the brand certainly went all-out to create the most luxurious SUV in the market. Getting its name from the largest rough diamond ever discovered in South Africa (just over 3,000 carats), one thing it certainly does, is live up to its namesake, rivalling even the biggest and baddest “big boys toys”. Having seen the car up close ourselves, we can attest to the fact that boxy SUV definitely has character; one of boldness, confidence, and refinement without being foreboding despite its 1,8636mm height with 22-inch wheels.
Although both a 4- and 5-seater model are available, the 4-seater definitely gets my vote especially if you’re looking for something more luxurious. Now, why do I say this? Well, that’s because the two individual rear seats are separated by a Fixed Rear Centre Console, where you’d find a drinks cabinet, complete with Rolls-Royce whiskey glasses and decanter at the front, and champagne flutes and refrigerator in the rear. It’s the perfect way to take a break after a long stressful day, have your very own cocktail hour while on the way to dinner, or even celebrate the huge deal you just closed with that glass of iced cold bubbly, in comfort and style, on-the-go, while reclining in extremely comfortable seats that come with in-built ventilation and adjustable massage functions to suit your needs.
And while we’re talking about style, it’s worth mentioning that its design had a “fashion theme” in mind, with the upper dashboard fascia clad in a newly-developed and contemporary-looking “Box Grain” leather (yes, like some Hermès bags!) that’s both durable and water resistant.
Oh, and since it is after all a sports vehicle, its sporty character comes through in the contrast-coloured piping , as well as a modern horseshoe graphic, that emphasis the supportive bolsters on the seat. And, I know what you’re thinking. SUVs are usually quite noisy, even from the inside. Well, not this one, thanks to the unique glass partition behind the rear seat that isolates the passenger cabin from the luggage compartment, making it one of the quietest SUVs. The partition also also prevents any cool air inside the cabin from escaping, when there boot is opened.
Another thing that I find irksome about SUVs, is getting into and out of them, because of their height. But, with a simple touch of a button, the Cullinan lowers itself by 40mm, for easier entry and exit. Perhaps this may not be such a huge deal for you, but for those of us who wear skirts, we can exit and enter with grace, without fear of flashing everyone, heh. Yet another of its technological features, is its wireless charging for your mobile devices, which is great because power banks are sometimes too much of a hassle to be carrying around.
With all these amazing features, the Cullinan is without a doubt luxurious, but not at the expense of sacrificing performance, in any way, built to withstand all sorts of terrains and weather conditions, be it an Arctic expedition, rocky mountainous terrains, the countryside, sand dunes, and even in the depths of the jungle, in comfort. There’s none of that hard suspension that comes as a given when riding in SUVs, which leaves passengers bouncing around in their seats, because Rolls-Royce has ensured that it glides through it all, no matter the terrain, serving us up an effortlessly “Magic Carpet Ride” that they’re famous for. In short, the Cullinan masters it all, #likeaboss.
Built on a bespoke, made-to-order basis, the Cullinan, depending on the complexity of customisation, prices begin from RM1.8 million (RM 3.6 million on-the-road, after tax).
Images by Bag Addicts Anonymous, and courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars