The Rolls Royce Phantom is the first RR model introduced during BMW ownership, and basically it has remained unchanged since its debut, in 2003. Now the time has come for a mid-life facelift, and here are a few spy shots of a mule sporting some subtle but significant change. Just take a look at its front end: the car is wearing some cunning camouflage on the head lamps designed to resemble the current model, but it is pretty clear that there is something going right there. Nice try RR, but we did not fall for it this time.
Obviously, this kind of super-luxury car does not need any radical makeover to stay relevant and up-to-date, and the current Phantom owners also wouldn’t like to see their cars look older all of a sudden, so it is understandable why parent-company BMW is trying to keep the whole thing quiet. We believe that the exterior design of the next Phantom will not be that different from the current version (they might add some LED strip, change the layout of both head and tail lights and little else, we suppose) while the passenger compartment is likely to get an updated sat-nav and a top-notch infotainment system. As for the mechanical side, we would play it safe by saying that the new model will probably boast more power and less CO2 emissions, but we would not go any further than that. An all-new version of the Phantom is expected to surface in 2016.