The camouflage is slowly starting to fall away.
A few days ago, we got our first look at the all-new Range Rover Sport SVR undergoing testing, which was easy to distinguish thanks to its huge brakes and quad exhaust pipes, and now testing for the regular Range Rover has resumed. Land Rover has been evaluating its flagship SUV for over a year now, so you would expect the camouflage to be removed at this advanced stage of development. Not so with the Range Rover. Land Rover has done a great job hiding the design details from our spy photographers, as all recent Range Rover prototypes have been fully covered.
It feels like it took an eternity, but the Range Rover's new face is slowly being unmasked. This latest prototype has slightly less camouflage, giving us a better look at the redesigned front bumper, which has a wider lower grille.
The upper grille also has a new mesh pattern and new pop-out door handles have been borrowed from the Velar. There also appears to be less cladding under the camouflage, giving us a better look at the overall shape.
While we don't have any new shots of the cabin, previous spy photos have already confirmed the new Range Rover's cabin will be more technologically advanced with a large touch screen and a fully digital gauge cluster. The prominent yellow sticker on the back and the charging port on the rear fender indicate we're looking at the plug-in hybrid version of the new Range Rover.
The Range Rover PHEV was removed from Land Rover's 2022 US lineup, but the 2021 model utilized an electrified 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four producing 398 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque in total. This setup enabled the electrified SUV to travel up to 19 miles on pure electric power, but we're expecting the new version to get a slight increase in both power and range.
Topping the lineup will be the new Range Rover Sport SVR, which will reportedly ditch the current model's 5.0-liter supercharged V8 in favor of a BMW sourced twin-turbo V8 rated at around 600 horsepower. The new Range Rover is expected to debut later this year and go on sale for the 2023 model year, so it should start shedding more camouflage soon.