A mule for the upcoming Rolls-Royce SUV has been spied testing again, this time in Sweden.
In April 2015, the British automaker itself released photos of a shortened Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II being used as a mule for the upcoming Cullinan, and it appears nearly a year later the mule is still being used for testing purposes. Set to compete with the Bentley Bentayga, the Rolls-Royce SUV is expected to arrive in late 2017.
Since this is just a mule testing the platform being used for the Cullinan, the body isn’t a representation of what we can expect when the production model debuts. Rolls-Royce promises that its SUV will be a “high-sided, all-terrain motor car” and has been putting the mule to the test through various driving surfaces to ensure it will have the company’s trademark “magic-carpet” ride.
Underpinning the Cullinan is an all-new aluminum architecture that is being developed independently from BMW. Previous reports suggested that the Rolls-Royce SUV would share its platform with the BMW X7 that’s currently under development, but the British automaker wants to further differentiate its products from BMW.
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