New Phantom will feature same front end as Phantom Phantom Coupé and Drophead Coupé. 21-inch aluminum cast wheels are now standard and new additions such as LED door handle lighting and more functions for rear passenger comfort round out the package.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has announced model updates for the Phantom and the Phantom Extended Wheelbase.

They, of course, don't refer to them as facelifts. This is Rolls-Royce. But they should come up with a better term than "product update", don't you think? That sounds like something your mp3 player maker says.

Anyway, the 2009 model Phantom and Phantom Extended Wheelbase will feature a few additional goodies that make spending a half-million bucks on one more worth your while.

First up, ironically, is the actual facelift. The Phantom gets the same front end first introduced on the Phantom Coupé and Drophead Coupé. That is a slimmer front bumper coupled with a "shallower" grill with a stainless steel finish.

Technology upgrades include LED door handle lighting, new connectivity for the rear passengers to the 12-inch screens mounted on the "picnic tables" at the back, newly positioned switches for the air conditioning, audio and electric windows in a wood panel on the rear doors, as well as new bi-directional reading lights hanging from the C-pillar to keep the rear passenger who likely owns the car comfy.

21-inch wheels cast in aluminum are now standard too on the Phantom series.

Production is set to begin this spring at Rolls-Royce's Goodwood facility in the UK.


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