Rolls-Royce has finally given us a glimpse of its upcoming SUV, although the British automaker refers to it as an “all-terrain, high-sided vehicle,” rather than an SUV.
Code-named Project Cullinan, this SUV will be the first Rolls-Royce model with four-wheel drive in the company’s 110-year history. The automaker has confirmed that the project is underway and that the production model expected to go on sale in 2018.
The Cullinan’s boxy design takes after Rolls-Royce’s flagship Phantom and although this isn’t yet confirmed, a developed version of the Phantom’s 6.8-litre V12 engine is expected to be used for the new SUV.
The test mule in these photos will be heading around to the Arctic Circle just after Christmas to undergo cold weather testing while later in 2017 it will head to the Middle East to be tested in a sweltering, desert climate.