Beware, Bentley: the next-generation Range Rover is coming.
50 years ago, the Land Rover Range Rover pioneered the luxury SUV segment. Today, Land Rover is facing stiff competition from newer, more opulent rivals like the Bentley Bentayga, which recently received a facelift, and the Rolls-Royce Cullinan. However, a new chapter is about to begin as the next-generation Range Rover will launch next year and once again set new standards for luxury SUVs.
Last month, a camouflaged prototype was caught on the move near the Nurburgring, and now another one has been spotted by our spy photographers tackling ice and snow in Sweden to see how the SUV handles the slippery conditions.
Wrapped up warm for winter, the new Range Rover is still covered in thick layers of camouflage. In terms of proportions, the new model looks slightly larger than its predecessor, but its silhouette looks strikingly similar. We're expecting an evolutionary update with design cues borrowed from the Velar such a larger grille and narrower headlights. We don't get a peek inside, but the cabin should be more luxurious than ever to bring the Range Rover up to modern standards.
Like the new Jaguar XJ, the next-generation Range Rover will be underpinned by Jaguar Land Rover's new MLA platform that supports combustion, hybrid, and fully electric powertrains.
As standard, the new Range Rover is expected to be sold with a mild-hybrid powertrain, while rumors suggest Jaguar Land Rover's 5.0-liter V8 will be replaced with a BMW-sourced 4.4-liter V8. A plug-in hybrid version will also be offered followed by a fully electric variant for the first time in the model's history. The all-new Range is expected to go on sale in late 2021 or early 2022 and will be available with a regular or longer wheelbase.
It will be followed by the new Range Rover Sport around a year later. Hopefully, it won't be long until the camouflage on these prototypes starts to strip away to give us a more revealing look at Land Rover's new luxury SUV.