Rolls-Royce confirmed that the coming redesign of the next-generation Ghost sedan will feature standard awd.
The sedan, which is slotted below the larger Phantom in Rolls-Royce's lineup, was previously rear-wheel drive. Rolls-Royce says that the redesigned Ghost will also have four-wheel steering, also found on the Cullinan.
With the redesign, Rolls-Royce developed what it calls the Planar system for the sedan's suspension.
The system is highlighted by three components including an upper wishbone damper unit, which is mounted above the front suspension assembly and allows a more stable ride.
A camera-based Flagbearer system monitors the road ahead and prepares the suspension system for any changes in road surface, Rolls-Royce said. A satellite-aided transmission also "draws GPS data to pre-select the optimum gear for upcoming corners," the automaker said.
"We pushed our architecture even further and created a car even more dynamic, even more luxurious and, most of all, even more effortlessly useable," Jonathan Simms, the engineering lead for the redesigned Ghost, said in a statement Monday.
Rolls-Royce has given the sedan's exterior a modest styling update in deference to customers' new-found desire for a less flashy, "post-opulent" design, the company said. Rolls-Royce is teasing the car's unveiling with a series of four animated short videos and has released three so far.
The second-generation Ghost replaces a model that since its debut in 2009 has become the best-selling car in the ultraluxury brand's 116-year history. Production of the first-generation Ghost ended in 2019.
Deliveries of the new model will start globally in the first quarter of 2021, Rolls-Royce said.
The British ultraluxury brand sold 5,152 vehicles worldwide in 2019, fueled by demand for the Cullinan.