New 2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost teased in official video
Rolls-Royce has continued its teaser campaign for the new Ghost, with a new animated video outlining the car’s platform and chassis setup
Rolls-Royce has provided another glimpse at the design of the upcoming new Ghost, in the third of a series of four animated teaser videos. The brand’s latest clip outlines the luxury saloon’s platform and chassis setup – and confirms that the new Ghost will make the shift from rear- to four-wheel-drive.
The second-generation Ghost will be based on Rolls-Royce’s latest aluminium space frame underpinnings, which means it can take advantage of the company’s existing four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering systems. The British brand will also fit its latest “Magic Carpet” suspension system, which promises greatly improved ride quality.
Rolls-Royce’s claims one of the most intensive engineering tasks for the new Ghost, however, is its new, pot-hole smothering Planar system, which comprises three elements.
The first is a new upper wishbone damper unit, which smoothes out the travel of the front suspension arms to provide a more stable ride. The second aspect is the “Flagbearer” system, which uses an array of cameras and sensors, which read the road ahead and prepare the suspension system for any changes in the road surface. Rolls-Royce has developed a new satellite aided transmission, which uses GPS data to pre-emptively select the correct gear for upcoming corners.
Rolls-Royce outlines the foundations of the new Ghost’s design principles by stating that the entire car’s aesthetic was built around the concept of “post-opulence”, which the brand explains is a strain of minimalism.
So, for its second generation, the Ghost will take on a far less fussy design. The car’s panel lines will be smoothed over, the body mouldings along the car’s flanks will be kept to a minimum and every piece of unnecessary styling being shunned – so the old car’s chrome badges and flashy brightwork will likely be ditched for more understated alternatives.
New Rolls-Royce Ghost: design and platform
This simple design approach outlined in Rolls-Royce’s teaser campaign seems to be reflected by our most recent spy shots. Previously spied mules feature a pair of less complicated LED headlamps, a smoother front bumper and fewer creases in the bonnet and wings – although the car’s trademark suicide rear doors remain.
Inside, the new Ghost will adopt Rolls-Royce’s latest infotainment screen and digital gauge cluster, as found in the Phantom and Cullinan. So, the car’s gauges will be displayed on a 12.3-inch TFT monitor, while the central infotainment screen will disappear into the dash at the touch of a button. The Ghost’s entire interior design will be overhauled, too.
We’ve also spied the more opulent long-wheelbase model, undergoing cold-weather testing in the arctic circle. The extra space between the axles is purely for the benefit of rear-seat occupants and is unlikely to drastically alter the experience from the driver’s point of view.
Like its bigger brother, the eighth-generation Phantom, the new Ghost will be based on Rolls-Royce’s all-new “Architecture of Luxury” platform. The fully-scalable, all-aluminium space-frame chassis underpin all of the company’s next-generation models, taking the place of the previous Ghost’s BMW 7 Series-based underpinnings.
Under the bonnet, we expect the new Ghost will be fitted with the latest iteration of Rolls’s 6.75-litre V12 engine, which now sports a pair of turbochargers. It’s the same unit found in the Phantom and the Cullinan – and, like both of those cars, it’ll be mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and offer power figures in excess of 560bhp.
Now read our review of the previous-generation Rolls-Royce Ghost here...