The first-gen Rolls-Royce Phantom has been in production since 2003 and is awaiting a significant makeover now. The first Rolls-Royce launched under the BMW Group ownership is based on a bespoke platform. According to new report from Automobile, the British luxury icon should move to second generation next year.
The redesigned Rolls-Royce Phantom will be based based on an a newly-developed all-aluminum modular architecture, as per the report. The next-gen Ghost, Wraith and Dawn will also move to the same platform in the future. The forthcoming crossover that is being developed under ‘Rolls-Royce Cullinan’ name will also be based on this architecture. It will share its axles, brakes and all-wheel drive system with the forthcoming BMW X7.
Coming back to the all-new Rolls-Royce Phantom, like now, the next-gen model will also have an extended-wheelbase version. However the coupe and convertible versions which Rolls-Royce calls Phantom Coupe and Phantom Drophead Coupe respectively, will be discontinued, claims the report.
The report says that the price of the second generation Rolls-Royce Phantom won’t change much. The British luxury automaker’s top-of-the-line saloon is currently priced at £318,120 in the UK. The design is said to be more modern and imposing, but the overall Rolls-Royce character can be expected to remain more or less the same. It will continue being offered with a BMW-sourced V12 engine.
The report also throws some light beyond the company’s forseebale future. We may see a smaller Rolls-Royce, about the size of a BMW 7 Series, in the distant future. So far, the idea exists only on drawing boards and the company calls it “Silver Shadow for 2025”. If put into production, this model would be targeted at customers who want a swanky interior a typical Rolls-Royce would offer, but a less dramatic exterior design and a more efficient and eco-friendly powertrain.