By Gavin Gibbon
New Rolls-Royce to be launched in the summer with deliveries not expected before the end of the year
Connoisseurs of the Rolls-Royce Ghost, bemoaning the company’s decision to discontinue the luxury saloon, have been told to brace themselves for its replacement.
The next-generation Ghost is set to be unveiled towards the middle of this year, while deliveries are not expected before the end of the fourth quarter. Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, says the latest addition to the brand’s family will be “on a different level”.
While being careful not to give any details away, he told a media briefing in Dubai: “It will be a stunning Ghost. It will be a remarkable Rolls Royce.”
The original Ghost saloon, the company’s best-selling model of all time, was launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2009. A long-wheelbase version followed in 2011, with an updated Ghost Series II debuting in Geneva in 2014.
“We call Ghost the stepping stone into the growth of Rolls Royce motor cars,” said Müller-Ötvös.
“Ghost earned us all the money we needed for the investment in future products and also Ghost opened up complete new garage stores, households, new people coming to the brand. An unbelievably successful car.”
Its replacement will be built on the same flexible aluminium spaceframe as the Cullinan and second generation Phantom.
“The new car is on a different level, because technology is on a different level ten years later,” said Müller-Ötvös.For all the latest car news & reviews from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.