While BMW and MINI are busy planning and testing out their latest hot rides which will arrive in the market in new forms, including a wide range of plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles by 2021, the Group`s luxury subsidiary Rolls-Royce is also bringing some important updates to its high-end models.
One of these models to be released in the near future – in 2017 to be exact as a 2018 MY – is the all-new Rolls-Royce Phantom, the model being recently caught on shots while undergoing tests outside its plant.
Thanks to motor1 via CarPix, we also have the first batch of spy photos with the 2018 Phantom, the test mule seen here wearing full camouflage around the body, which indicates significant changes in terms of styling. The interior will also receive updates.
As we can depict from the photos, the new model will stand taller and will be more imposing, as it will ride on an all-aluminum architecture, meaning that it will shed off significant weight to make room for a wide array of engines and increase the space inside.
Thanks to the new aluminum structure, the company will actually release two versions – a short wheelbase, which is actually the one seen here, as well as a long wheelbase, offering increase space inside the cabin.
On terms of styling, the 2018 Phantom in both its forms, will come with a more imposing yet aggressive body styling, highlighted by a wider front grille flanked by new headlights, with other bits as well borrowed from the previous generation Phantom VII. Also, the taillights will be updates, while the C-pillar will be reshaped to best fit the now more sloped roofline. Overall, we are looking here at an extremely evolutionary design.
Inside, the cabin will also receive some important modifications, and judging by the interior photos below, we might be looking here at a dual screen, updated digital instrument cluster and a lot more. As far as the engine lineup goes, there are not any fresh details concerning any changes, the new Phantom reportedly carrying over the same mills from the current model.