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The exterior and interior of the next-generation Rolls-Royce Phantom has been photographed during testing in Germany this week.

As with the earlier prototype spotted during winter testing earlier this year, this latest Phantom development prototype is clad in swirly camouflage and cloaked under a number of false body panels.

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Despite that we can see that the new Phantom will sport only an evolutionary design change compared to the current model that will cease production at the end of the year.

Up front there’s a large upright grille, a long flat bonnet, and a sloping rear deck. We believe that the tail-lights, as well as possibly the headlights, on this car are temporary units.

Rear seat passengers will again be well taken care of, with much of the interior space given over to their comfort, and thick rear pillars doing their best to protect the identity of any celebrities or high net worth individuals that might be residing within.

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On the inside, the new Phantom ditches traditional analogue gauges for a high-resolution display driver’s display.

There’s another large landscape display atop the centre stack and – like in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class – the two units are positioned to look like one device.

The new Phantom will be the first Rolls-Royce to use the brand’s all-new aluminium architecture, which will see the car shed significant weight compared to the today’s model. As before, the new Phantom will be available in both standard- and long-wheelbase bodies.

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In time, the new platform will also underpin Rolls-Royce’s first SUV, along with the successor to the smaller Ghost and its derivatives.

The next-generation Rolls-Royce Phantom is expected to debut in 2017, with first deliveries coming either late next year or during 2018. Don’t expect to see the new Phantom on Australian roads until sometime after that.

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