Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ new Phantom Extended Wheelbase made its world debut as it returns to Auto China in 2012. China, the automaker's biggest market, is where the majority of Phantom purchasers are found. They commissioned this definitive expression of a Rolls-Royce. The debut in Beijing follows last year's worldwide launch of the Ghost Extended Wheelbase in Shanghai.
Phantom Extended Wheelbase completed the product lineup of the Phantom Series II family. This range includes the Phantom Saloon, Phantom Drophead Coupé and Phantom Coupé, which made their debuts in March at the Geneva motor show.
The newest launch also takes place as the company continues to grow in China after opening three new showrooms this year with five additional units to come in the future. Phantom Series II evolved from the popular Rolls-Royce Phantom which was introduced on January 1, 2003, at the automaker's new home and headquarters in Goodwood, England.
The Phantom Extended Wheelbase reveals considerable improvements in drive-train, technology and design, just like any other Phantom Series II model. Encasing the changes that lie underneath is a stunning new front-end design with rectangular light apertures and re-styled bumpers.
Fully-LED headlamps come as standard, delivering a distinctive whiter light and encompassing technologies that automatically shift the direction and shape of light beams based on road orientation and driving conditions. New driver assistance technologies make sure that the Phantom Extended Wheelbase maintains its reputation for effortlessness.
As a sample, a contemporary user interface with revamped multi-media controller directs a new satellite navigation system featuring 3D maps with landscape topography, composite route planning and guided tours. Maps, video and information content are shown on a larger 8.8-inch control center display, a feature highlighted by eight programmable bookmarks presenting access to key functions at the fingertips of the driver.
Back, front and top-view camera systems further enhance the convenience of maneuvering. When one does a reverse parking, for example, the back path prediction automatically deploys on the screen. The word "waftability" has always been a lexicon of Rolls-Royce, with various models being famous for their outstanding ride experience. Phantom Extended Wheelbase strengthens the reputation of the company for both aspects.