New Rolls-Royce Ghost: 2020 luxury car spotted up close
New spyshots show evolutionary design for Rolls-Royce’s smallest model, expected to arrive in showrooms next year
New spyshots give us a closer look at the car’s evolved design behind the usual camouflage. They come after a similar prototype was spotted on a car transporter.
Through the disguise, we can see that the Ghost’s front end has a clear family resemblance to the Phantom, but the rear appears to be more shapely and features a more sloping rear window line. The interior, while not yet seen, will adopt many of the advanced features and traditional touches found in the Ghost’s siblings.
The Ghost, sitting underneath the Phantom flagship and a rival for the Bentley Flying Spur and Mercedes-Maybach S 600, has been on sale with only a small facelift since 2010. It’s therefore ripe for a redesign, with more developments under the skin than are visible here.
The earlier transporter images (below) were taken in Germany, surrounded by models from Rolls-Royce’s parent company BMW. While it’s expected that the Ghost will still be manufactured at the brand’s headquarters in Goodwood, West Sussex, it’s clear that some of the car’s development and validation is occuring in BMW’s facilities.
Technical details of the new Ghost are still under wraps, but we do know that it will make use of the same aluminium-intensive architecture as the latest Phantom and Cullinan. Don’t expect this to mean a substantial weight saving, however: today’s Phantom is actually a bit heavier than the car it replaced due to increased technology and material use, both under the skin and on the surface.
It is likely that Rolls-Royce will continue to use its trademark twin-turbocharged V12 engine in the Ghost, given customers demand the ultimate even from the brand’s cheapest model. It’ll almost certainly share the 577bhp 6.6-litre unit found in the latest BMW M760Li, though whether it will adopt that car’s four-wheel-drive system remains to be seen.
Source: Autocar Online