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The next-generation Rolls-Royce Phantom will be revealed before the end of the year, the company has confirmed, with some initial details also released this week.

Speaking at the launch of the marque’s new showroom in Richmond, Victoria, Ian Grant – Rolls-Royce’s global client sales manager for the Asia Pacific region – said the new Phantom will be much lighter, feature improved manoeuvrability and an evolution of the current car’s design.

What I can tell you, is it’s a brand new vehicle from the bottom up. It’s a full-aluminium architecture, so the vehicle carries a lot less weight than before,” Grant said.

I’ve seen the vehicle personally, and it’s absolutely beautiful. The design lines are so striking, yet elegantly and impressively Rolls-Royce.”

Sneak piece of information: four-wheel steering is coming. So the manoeuvrability and turning circle of that car is incredible,” he added.

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The now retired seventh-generation Phantom had been on sale since 2003, with the last example rolling down the company’s Goodwood production line in February this year.

While the eighth-generation version is set to be revealed later this year, first deliveries won’t make it here until 2018.

Other new features expected with the new Phantom include a high-resolution digital instrument cluster, and a larger central infotainment system.

Stay tuned to CarAdvice for more Rolls-Royce updates in the coming months.

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