When Rolls-Royce announces a facelift, even a minor one, it makes news. for the 2009 model year the Phantom is enhanced to come closer in line with the sportier Phantom Coupé. This includes a new front-end that includes a streamlined front bumper and a shallower stainless steel grille.
Other new exterior features include LED door handle illumination and 21-inch cast aluminum wheels are now standard. Two further wheel options exist, both manufactured in forged alloy and available in either painted or part polished finishes.
Press release after the jump.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is pleased to announce details of a product update to the 2009 model year Phantom and Phantom Extended Wheelbase. Building on a successful sales year in 2008, the phased introduction of a number of subtle model year enhancements will reinforce Phantom’s position as the pinnacle product of the super luxury segment.
Harmonising the front appearance of the car with that of the Phantom Drophead Coupé and Phantom Coupé, a new streamlined front bumper has been designed and integrated with a shallower grille, finished in stainless steel.
Other new exterior features include LED door handle illumination and the fitting of 21-inch cast aluminum wheels as standard. Two further wheel options exist, both manufactured in forged alloy and available in either painted or part polished finishes.
Inside, rear passengers will benefit from a new RCA component input which provides auxiliary audio and visual connectivity to the 12-inch monitors mounted within the picnic tables. Further features include new front and rear door cappings with integrated grab handles and new bi-directional double reading lights in the C-pillar provide additional illumination. Rear climate control, volume control and electric window switches are now conveniently repositioned, housed in a wood veneer panel in the door.
Production will commence at Goodwood in the spring.