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Next Rolls-Royce Phantom to get aluminum platform?

A lighter and more modern-looking flagship Rolls is right around the corner.

BMW-owned Rolls-Royce is preparing to introduce an all-new flagship sedan, and a recent report gives us a better idea of what we can expect from it when it arrives.

Rolls' next sedan will be just as big as the 12-year old Phantom that it will replace, but it will be much lighter because it will ride on a new modular platform crafted largely out of aluminum. While both short- and long-wheelbase versions of the still nameless range-topper will be offered, the convertible and the coupe models will be axed due to a relative lack of demand.

A V12 engine designed with input from BMW will be the only unit available at launch, and we hear that a gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid variant could be added to the lineup a little later in the production run. Anything smaller than a twelve-cylinder has been ruled out at this point.

Automobile Magazine reports that the sedan will get a more modern and imposing look characterized by a taller front end with rectangular headlights and more striking C-pillars. However, its overall design will be more of an evolution than a revolution, and it will still be instantly recognizable as a member of the prestigious Rolls-Royce family.

Rolls-Royce's next flagship sedan is tentatively scheduled to make its public debut at a major auto show next year, and it will go on sale in time for the 2018 model year. When it lands, it will carry a base price of approximately $400,000.

Note: One-off Rolls-Royce Phantom Serenity pictured.

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