Rolls-Royce Project Cullinan SUVRolls-Royce has revealed a dramatic early engineering mule of its future SUV model – and to say it’s a striking-looking thing is to put it mildly.

Now dubbed Project Cullinan, the test car is based on a shortened Phantom Series II body, beneath which sits an early development of the 4×4 suspension.

Rolls-Royce Project Cullinan SUV

Rolls-Royce says the suspension is being developed to deliver the brand’s ‘magic-carpet’ ride both on-road and, for the first time, off it. Surfaces will include Belgian Pave, cobblestones, corrugated concrete and surfaces to test noise, resonance and acceleration bumps.

Rolls-Royce fans (and admirers of taste and decency) should breathe a heavy sigh of relief, though – the firm has stated the production version will look nothing like this test mule.

Rolls-Royce Project Cullinan SUV

“The body may hint at the size of the new car, but it features no design aspects of the eventual high-sided, all-terrain motor car announced by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in February this year.”

Maybe Rolls-Royce is warning us in advance of this, given how on-road testing is now underway…