Why, you might wonder, would he want to do that?
Cynics will say for money, of course. They may have a point. It’s a motivator for most people. But for what little I know of Taylor, and without having been able to talk with him about the move, I doubt the story starts or ends there.
Timing is part of it, I’m sure. After six years heading up Rolls-Royce’s design team, Taylor can put his name to both a new Phantom and the new Cullinan, among others. He’s also guided a future design path, with the Vision Next 100 concept.
A new Phantom is as big as it gets. Redesigning, to huge acclaim, an icon of the industry is as special a project as you could imagine.
Meanwhile, creating an all-new flagship SUV for the brand is as big a challenge as he is likely to face – and, while it may be fashionable to snipe at present, I bet the tide soon turns on that one.
As a result, I reckon there must have been a bit of Taylor’s mind that was thinking "What next?".