Fresh spy shots of the Rolls-Royce Phantom successor came in this week as the premium automotive industry eagerly waits to see what one of the world’s most luxurious brands will come up with after twelve years of Rolls-Royce Phantom.

Executives of the British automaker are still left undecided on whether the Phantom badge will remain. As for the shape, size and design of the car Rolls-Royce sticks to the proportions of the outgoing model. The big difference will be in weight, with entirely new aluminum based architecture supporting the brand’s new parade horse.

Additional weight will be saved by making good use of BMW’s expertise in the field of carbon fiber. What’s interesting is what the model line up will look like in a few years. While this remains unconfirmed, insiders hinted at the discontinuation of both the coupé and convertible models because they haven’t been hitting the anticipated sales targets. This will leave the successor of the Phantom with just the short- and long-wheelbase versions.

Aesthetically the luxury saloon’s front apron will embrace the rectangular headlights and get a slightly more squared front including a taller front grille. As indicated before, Rolls-Royce is not considering downsizing its engines so their new flagship model will be launched with a good old 12-cylinder that BMW helped design and engineer.

We expect the successor of the Phantom to make an introduction at a major auto show sometime next year.

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