Spied! Next-Gen Range Rover Prepares To Fight Bentley Bentayga

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The ultra-luxury SUV competition you don't want to miss.

The Land Rover Range Rover was, for years, the top dog when it comes to luxury SUVs. Then came the Bentley Bentayga and all the rules suddenly changed. In fact, the Bentayga created a new class of off-road capable SUVs: the ultra-luxury SUV. While the Range Rover remained a formidable foe, it lacked the higher levels of refinement the Bentayga offers. That's about to change come next year.

Our spy photographers have just caught the next-generation Range Rover doing some winter testing in Northern Sweden. We've already seen the next Range Rover Sport out doing the same thing, but this is the first time the even more luxurious Range Rover has been spied. What we can confirm from these photos is that this test mule is the long-wheelbase version.

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The entire next-gen Range Rover lineup will ride on Jaguar Land Rover's MLA platform that's been developed and engineered to accommodate typical combustion engines, hybrids, and even - you guessed it - fully electric vehicles. Don't be surprised to see this upcoming generation Range Rover offer an all-electric powertrain. At launch, however, the available engine could actually come from BMW, specifically a V8.

There are even rumors BMW is helping JLR out with hybrid technology. A hybrid version of the Bentayga arrived only last year, so this is an area JLR simply can't ignore.

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Another area where the Bentayga raised the bar is the interior. It's not that the outgoing Range Rover doesn't have a high-quality and luxurious cabin. It does, but the Bentayga's is better. Given that the Range Rover is the brand's flagship SUV, additional time and attention will go into its interior. Overall fit and finish and even higher-end materials will surely be used.

At this time, we don't know an exact launch date but our sources claim to expect the next Range Rover to debut sometime in 2021.

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