New spyshots show evolutionary design for Rolls-Royce's least large model, expected to arrive in showrooms next year
6 February 2019

Rolls-Royce will follow up the launch of the Cullinan SUV with a new generation of its Ghost luxury saloon, due early 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 heavier 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 is 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 is 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.

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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 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 least expensive model. It will 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.

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24 January 2019

It looks like a Rolls Royce covered in plastic.... I'm not sure how this is news worthy.

24 January 2019

Not that I'll ever have the money to make the choice, but the square headlights of the Rolls Royce range look much better, classier and formal than the W210/Impreza GD style googly headlights of the Bentley.

24 January 2019

The main difference seems to be a smoother rear window line, which gives it a more sporty look. I like it a lot.

Jameson

24 January 2019

For me the Ghost is one of the few really looking cars in production. The disguised car appears more rounded, especially around the rear quarter window and it seems to work well. The relaxed confident stance appears intact. Given that Bentley's saloons are visual disasters (too much metal in the wrong places, clumsy proportions) the Ghost ought to significantly outsell the Flying Spur but this doesn't seem to be the case. 

wmb

24 January 2019

...Ghost a competitor for the Flying Spur and Mercedes-Maybach S600? The Ghost's base price is much, much higher then both, somewhere between the Flying Spur and Bentley's flagship sedan! Is Autocar suggesting that the Flying Spur and Ghost are rivals, due to their both being the least expensive sedans that their brands offer? If so, how does the Maybach fit into that dynamic, when it is one the most expensive sedans that Mercedes offers? 

6 February 2019

Hope they don't mess it up, like they did with the Phantom replacement.

6 February 2019

Goodwood is an assembly plant not a manufcaturing one. Body, engine, gearbox etc are made in Germany.

6 February 2019
The answer to the question 'Why doesn't BMW make a 9-series?'
They do, here it is.

7 February 2019

I'm lucky enough to have driven Rolls Royces and live in a place where they're relatively common. It's also a ski resort so has snow for 6 months of the year.

AWD certainly would be useful here and the newer cars are less good. A friend runs a hotel with several cars which they use to drive guests around. Their Phantom VI has no problem in the snow whereas their Phantom VII struggles to get up the hill. They also have a M760 which does snow duties.

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