This is what we think it might look like.
It's not often that Rolls-Royce adds a completely new model to its illustrious stable of vehicles. The 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost was the latest addition, and according to a recent trademark filing with the UKIPO, the UK automaker might be readying another new reveal, this time a model from its past. Rolls-Royce recently filed to trademark the name "Seraph," which previously appeared on a sedan model called the Silver Seraph built from 1998 to 2002.
We aren't surprised to see Rolls-Royce drop the "Silver" portion since that nomenclature no longer appears in the brand's lineup. However, we were a bit startled to see the "Seraph" name trademarked since that model last appeared when Bentley and Rolls-Royce were under the same ownership. In fact, the Bentley Arnage was nearly identical to the Silver Seraph aside from the grille and engine.
Bentley and Rolls-Royce have gone in their own directions since 2002, with the former now existing under the Volkswagen Group umbrella and the latter now owned by BMW. As such, this new Rolls-Royce Seraph won't share anything with Bentley. No other details on the Seraph are official at this point, but we feel confident it will be Rolls-Royce's second SUV.
The 2021 Rolls-Royce Cullinan has proved to be a huge success, so the company would be silly not to follow it up with a smaller model. Rolls already offers two sedans, the Ghost and Phantom, so it's not outside the realm of possibility to offer two SUV models.
We envision the Seraph having smaller proportions than the Cullinan, borrowing some of the Ghost's more curvaceous lines and sportier details. The Cullinan was released before the Ghost, so we expect the Seraph to share more in common with the latter, including the Ghost's headlight signature and light-up grille option. At the back, the Seraph could have a more coupe-like roofline and a shorter wheelbase, though rear-seat space should still be plentiful.
Under the hood, the Ghost and Cullinan already share a 6.75-liter twin-turbo V12 producing 563 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque, so we expect this engine to carry over with an eventual Black Badge variant upping output to 600 hp. Like the Ghost, Rolls-Royce will tune the smaller Seraph to feel like more of a driver's car than the larger Cullinan.