New Land Rover Range Rover Spied Testing With A Rollcage
It’s not the first time we’ve seen the next-gen Land Rover Range Rover, but it’s the first time we’ve seen the new luxury SUV tested with a roll cage. This surprises us a bit especially considering the fact that this prototype does not seem to come from the more powerful versions of the model.
If you take a closer look at the rear, this test car has a dual-exhaust arrangement as opposed to the four-exhaust arrangement of previous prototypes, suggesting that this is not the V8-powered model. Still, there is a visible safety cage inside the cabin and this suggests that test pilots are likely evaluating the overall structure of the machine.
The new Range Rover, along with the next-gen Range Rover Sport, will upgrade to an all-new aluminum-rich platform. The so-called Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA) architecture will be significantly lighter than the D7u today and will be used in virtually any new Jaguar or Land Rover in the future.
According to the first details, the Range Rover 2022 is expected to be roughly the same size as the model that is still on sale – and this is easily visible from these new spy shots. The new foundation will allow electrified and all-electric powertrains to be offered, but these won’t come from day one. Instead, the new RR is expected to be launched with traditional combustion engines.
Speaking of powertrains, one of the rumors surrounding the next-gen model suggests that the Range Rover may ditch its current 5.0-liter supercharged V8, which could be replaced by a BMW-sourced 4.4-liter twin-turbo engine. . In addition, all other diesel and gasoline units of the current model will be replaced with newer and more efficient units.
We expect the new Range Rover to be launched towards the end of next year as a 2022 model. At first, it will be available with a choice of multiple ICE powertrains, but these will be joined by a plug-in hybrid derivative, as well as a zero emission version later in the model lifecycle.
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