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Rolls-Royce has thrown out one more teaser for its new Cullinan SUV ahead of its official debut on May 10.

Under the hood sits a 6.75 litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine with 563 bhp and 850 Nm of torque.

It features four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering, to help deliver on the car's promise of making luxury Effortless, Everywhere. And while not quite as rugged as some of its counterparts, Rolls-Royce's new sport ute promises civilized travel over gravel, grass, or mud with a best-in-class wading depth of 21.2 inches. A key interior difference between the Cullinan and Phantom that Rolls-Royce has been keen to point out is the use of a smaller, thicker steering wheel, emphasising that this is a vehicle to be driven, rather than driven in.

Rolls-Royce's so-called "high-sided vehicle" circumvents the familiar sport utility verbiage and uses new language to describe its supersized model, which takes visual cues from the flagship Phantom and applies them to a tall-standing, light, off-road-capable package. The first leaked images have shown Rolls-Royce sticking to its traditional design language with the massive grille and sharp headlights, while the overall proportions of the SUV are boxy to say the least.

One touch of the sensor on the exterior door handles will make the doors automatically close themselves from outside.

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There's also five USB ports, a wireless phone charger, and a dual-screen rear entertainment system on offer. The first in Rolls-Royce history.

The aesthetic elements that have been a foundation of Rolls-Royce design for over a century are also evident.

Set to share its namesake's imposing size, the Cullinan will come based on the all-aluminium spaceframe chassis that's already in service beneath the recently launched Phantom.

Driver and convenience technology abounds in the Cullinan, with surround cameras, night-vision cameras with wildlife and pedestrian warning, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane-departure and lane-change warning, an "industry-leading" 7x3 head-up display, WiFi hotspot, along with the latest in navigation and entertainment systems.

Rolls Royce has been very secretive about the car's specifics, just sharing a few elements such as the "Viewing Platform" - two leather seats and a cocktail table that folds out from the boot. A starting price of around £300,000 wouldn't be surprising, though it'll be entirely possible to spend far more once buyers begin the customisation process.


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