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Video: how do you go about upgrading the Rolls-Royce Cullinan?

Rolls has facelifted its best-selling car, and this is how it did it...

Published: 15 May 2024
10 minutes 36 seconds

The Cullinan, Rolls-Royce’s controversial super-luxury SUV (at least to those who can’t afford one) is now its most popular model, and has been given a mid-life tickle-up.
 
The changes for the Cullinan Series II are driven by the evolving Rolls customer, who is just 43 in 2024. And that younger customer wants, says Rolls, ‘bolder forms of self-expression’. On the outside that means new vertical daytime running lights, an illuminated ‘Pantheon’ grille and 23in wheels.
 
Inside, the luxe is dialled up even more, with the likes of a bamboo-based ‘Duality Twill’ interior that has up to 2.2 MILLION stitches and 11 MILES of thread, while ‘Placed Perforation’ seats create imagery through the position of over 100,000 tiny holes.
 
There’s also a Cullinan Black Badge model from the get-go, again determined by that younger customer: when the Cullinan was launched in 2018, over 30 per cent were chauffeur driven; today, it’s less than 10 per cent. There’s more power than standard, an uprated chassis, and no shiny chrome.
 
Do the tweaks keep it a rung above the Bentley Bentayga and Range Rover? Top Gear’s Jason Barlow has been to find out…

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