2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom spied inside and out

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The exterior and interior of the next-generation Rolls-Royce Phantom has been photographed undergoing testing in Germany.

As with the earlier prototype spotted during winter testing earlier this year, this latest Phantom development vehicle is clad in swirly camouflage and cloaked with a number of false body panels.

Despite that we can see that the new Phantom will sport only an evolutionary design change compared to today’s car. There’s a bluff front end with a large upright grille, a long flat bonnet, and a sloping rear end.

Rear seat passengers will again be well taken care of, with much of the interior space given over to their comfort, and thick rear pillars doing its best to protect the identity of any celebrities or high net worth individuals residing within.

On the inside, the new Phantom ditches traditional analogue gauges for a high resolution display ahead of the driver. There’s another large landscape display in the centre of the dashboard and, like in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the two units are designed to seem like one device.

The new Phantom will be the first Rolls-Royce to use the brand’s all-new aluminium architecture, which will see the car shed significant weight compared to the today’s vehicle. As before, the new Phantom will be available in both standard- and long-wheelbase formats.

In time, the new platform will also underpin Rolls-Royce’s first SUV, as well as the successor to the more affordable Ghost and its derivatives.

The next-generation Rolls-Royce Phantom is expected to debut in 2017, but probably won’t reach Australian shores until late in the year or during 2018.

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