The mere thought of a Rolls-Royce wagon is quite silly. But hey, it didn’t take us long before we realized that it isn’t that hideous after seeing X-Tomi Design’s latest spinoff.
The artist derived its digital rendition from the eighth generation Phantom following the limousine’s official launch in London. Rolls-Royce did come up with wagons way back when there were no SUVs yet. Do you remember the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud from 1959 that the coachbuilder converted into a wagon? There used to be four of them. As a matter of fact, the British automaker did those conversions together with H.J Mulliner and so the idea of a Rolls-Royce wagon isn’t totally new.
“Project Cullinan” instead is now in the works and will be the first sports utility vehicle to be offered officially by the luxury carmaker. Strangely, while Rolls-Royce’s SUV prototype was being developed, several spy shots have actually revealed some close resemblances to the all-new Phantom. It only seems logical since the dimensions of the current Phantom is virtually the same as a truck. The difference is that the SUV gets to sit on a taller platform.
However, Rolls-Royce recently unveiled the new generation Phantom as its most technologically advanced and most luxurious creation by far. At the front end, the Phantom now bears a brand new grille that is not only bigger than its predecessor but also blends seamlessly into the bodywork. Around it are the new laser light headlights and daytime driving lights with expressive new design.
Inside it is a new pair of 12.3-inch TFT displays, a wide range of wood trim plus Emes lounge chair-inspired front seats. A number of seat configuration are now offered for the rear seats including the latest sleeping seat set-up. Several other options include rear seats with built-in center console, individual seats with movable armrest as well as the very famous intimate lounge rear seat.
When it comes to safety, the new Phantom boasts a long list of driver assistance features including lane change alert, collision warning, active cruise control and alertness assistant. One of the best features is of course the new head up display and surround view system with four individual cameras.
The Rolls-Royce Phantom is powered by a 563hp (420kW) and 663lb-ft (900Nm) of torque 6.75-liter V12 engine which is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission with satellite technology. Riding in the latest aluminum spaceframe architecture, the all-new platform provides very flexible and scalable architecture to make way for different size and weight specifications including the wide variety of traction and propulsion technologies that are available. Regardless, we highly doubt if Rolls-Royce would ever step out with what you might call a “Phantom Wagon”.