The Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV Will Have Swanky Tailgate Seats


Because of course it will.

Rolls-Royce recently confirmed that its first ever luxury SUV, or “high-sided vehicle”, as the automaker refers to it, will be called the Cullinan. This wasn’t a big surprise, since Cullinan has been the SUV’s codename since it was first announced. Rolls-Royce is aiming to redefine the luxury SUV as we know it and is slowly trickling out new details about the Cullinan. In the latest teaser, Rolls-Royce has revealed a unique new feature for the opulent off-roader.

The luxury automaker wants owners to have “the best seat in the house,” which is why it’s fitted the SUV with what it’s eloquently calling a “Viewing Suite.” At the touch of a button, two swanky rear-facing seats can be deployed on the tailgate, crafted in the finest leather. A cocktail table will also emerge from the rear compartment. What’s the purpose of the Cullinan’s Viewing Suite? Rolls-Royce imagines owners using the luxury tailgate seats to “take in the world’s most breath-taking vistas,” watch a sports event, or even watch their children take part in their school sports day. Alternatively, it could be used for fine wining and dining after an exhaustive off-road session.

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Not that we can imagine many owners will be doing any serious off-roading in it. “From the day we conceived of Cullinan we were focused on offering a truly authentic and luxurious Rolls-Royce experience to our customers through fascinating surprise and delight features,” comments Torsten Muller-Otvos, CEO of Rolls-Royce. “The beauty of Cullinan’s Viewing Suite, the manner in which it deploys so effortlessly, the attention to detail, the finest leathers that match the interior of the customer’s Cullinan, and how it all comes together to bring beautiful furniture to the most remote places, all bear testimony to the unequalled Bespoke competence of the designers and craftspeople at the Home of Rolls-Royce.”

So far, we know the Cullinan will share the same platform as the Phantom and will probably be powered by the same 6.75-liter V12 engine, too. We still don’t have a reveal date, but reports suggest the Cullinan will break cover in the summer.