The next-generation Range Rover has been spied testing outside the Nurburgring.
This year is the 50th anniversary of the Range Rover. After being on the market for half a century, a new chapter for the legendary luxury off-roader is about to begin. Since the current-generation Range Rover launched in 2013, competition in the luxury SUV market has increased with new models such as the Bentley Bentayga and Rolls-Royce Cullinan, so the next-generation Range Rover will need to be something special.
Now that testing is underway, spy shots of prototypes have given us an early preview of the next-generation Range Rover. Now, thanks to this new spy video we get to see the redesigned luxury off-roader in action cruising the streets outside the Nurburgring.
At one point, the prototype parks up outside of the track, allowing the camera operator to get some great close-up shots. At this stage of testing, the new Range Rover is still fully camouflaged, but the design appears to have a less boxy shape than the current model. The proportions look larger, but the overall design looks like an evolutionary update. Additional refinements should become clearer when the camouflage starts to strip away.
More significant changes will likely be found in the cabin. We still haven't been given a peek inside the new truck, but we're expecting it to feature more lavish materials and advanced tech. Land Rover has its work cut out if it wants to match the opulence of the Bentayga and Cullinan.
Underpinning the next-generation Range Rover will be Land Rover's new MLA platform debuting in the redesigned Jaguar XJ this year, which supports fully electric powertrains.
As for powertrain options, Jaguar Land Rover's 5.0-liter V8 will most likely be replaced with a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 as part of a deal with BMW. Also expect the new Range Rover to be offered with a mild-hybrid setup, a plug-in hybrid, and, for the first time ever, a fully-electric powertrain. The new Range Rover is expected to debut sometime next year and go on sale for the 2022 model year. A new version of the Range Rover Sport will likely debut around a year after its standard sibling.