New Rolls-Royce Phantom leaked ahead of July 27 debut

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2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom leaked - Image via CarNewsChina

2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom leaked - Image via CarNewsChina

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This is likely our best look yet at the new Rolls-Royce Phantom which is scheduled for a reveal on July 27.

The images are supposedly screen shots depicting an online brochure for the eighth-generation Phantom, in Extended Wheelbase form.

They were first posted to the website CarNewsChina and show a distinctly evolutionary design for the new Phantom, which was to be expected given the similarity of the styling of prototype versions compared to the current Phantom.

2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom leaked - Image via CarNewsChina

2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom leaked - Image via CarNewsChina

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While the exterior may be familiar, things are all-new under the skin. Underpinning the vehicle is a new aluminum spaceframe architecture unique to Rolls-Royce and destined for each of the marque’s next-generation cars, including an SUV. This time around, the Phantom will only be available as a sedan, though there will still be two lengths to choose from.

Power will almost certainly come from a V-12 of some sort, and we’re no longer expecting a plug-in hybrid model given Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Otvös’ preference for pure electric powertrains over hybrids. An electric Rolls-Royce isn’t expected for some time, however.

Production of the current Phantom concluded earlier this year after a 13-year run. It was the first car developed and sold by Rolls-Royce under the stewardship of the BMW Group. The new Phantom will be revealed during the “Great Eight Phantoms” exhibition in London where Rolls-Royce will showcase seven previous generations of the car, using celebrity-owned examples.

 
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