Spotted driving through the snowy roads of Sweden, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan is something the Goodwood luxury automaker prefers to call a “High-Sided Vehicle”, instead of an SUV. The resulting ‘HSV’ short-form is perhaps too close to that of a certain Melbourne-based, V8-model automaker, however…

Naming aside, the Cullinan will be the first Rolls-Royce to be endowed with proper off-roading ability, and the all-new model will be base upon the same platform which will underpin the next Phantom limousine, although the Cullinan will be shorter.

Around the back, the Cullinan appears to be still considerably camouflaged – the test mule’s circular tail lamp clusters can safely be disregarded, as a more Rolls-Royce-esque design should be expected. Its doors will be of the coach door-style aperture, as is the case with other models in the Rolls-Royce line-up.

As noted earlier, the Cullinan will be powered by a V12 engine; either the Phantom’s 6.75 litre naturally-aspirated unit or the Ghost’s 6.6 litre twin-turbocharged mill is a possibility. The Cullinan will share componentry with the upcoming BMW X7, which has also been spotted undergoing road trials.