When Rolls-Royce announced it was going to make an SUV, we knew it wouldn’t be like any other car on the road. It’s a testament to just how unusual the 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan is, therefore, that even with those expectations we’re still surprised at just how lavish the first all-wheel-drive vehicle from the British automaker is.
The exterior is Phantom scaled up to go anywhere, and the drivetrain supports such ambitions. A new air suspension system gives Cullinan class-leading wading abilities, not to mention sufficient grip to handle most terrains. The 6.75-liter V12 engine, meanwhile, delivers its maximum 627 lb-ft of torque at an astonishingly low 1,600 rpm.
Inside, there’s a choice of four or five seat configurations. Either way, the trunk is separated by a glass partition from the rest of the cabin, and there’s lashings of real wood, leather, and metal along with no small degree of technology. The doors open and close at the touch of a button, as does the clamshell-opening tailgate.