Rolls Royce has commenced testing of its new aluminium spaceframe architecture which will go on to underpin the next generation models of the luxury marque. Though not confirmed but it’s the upcoming Rolls Royce SUV tentatively named Cullinan that could be the first to be based on the new spaceframe architecture. Not to mention, test mules of the Cullinan will undergo rigorous testing on various surfaces to ensure the SUV delivers the kind of ride and feel that the legendary marque has come to be known for.
The Cullinan which the company stated will redefine luxury in a SUV package is set to reach markets by the second half of 2018.
A completely new Phantom too is on the cards and will be the other beneficiary of the new architecture, more so given that the current Phantom dates back to 2003. The Ghost could well be the next to make the switch over to the new platform, probably towards the end of the decade.
The new platform is expected to offer better ride and handling characteristics, greater refinements and reduced tyre noise without comprising on structural rigidity. Another highlight of the new architecture is that it is expected to be compliant with BMW’s new advanced electrical architecture. This in turn should enable future Rolls Royce vehicles to offer some form of electric powertrains – read hybrid or plug-in hybrids – if not pure electric ones.