Next-Gen Range Rover Spied Putting In The Work On Nürburgring
As it turns out, the V8-powered Defender isn’t the only new SUV Land Rover is currently testing at the Nürburgring. New spy shots show the next-gen Range Rover is racking up the miles a la Nordschleife too, without revealing too much of its production skin. In fact, the prototype was fully camouflaged inside and out as the official reveal is still a long way off.
Despite the heavy disguise, we can clearly see that the overall shape will remain largely the same, as the upcoming Range Rover will retain its square body rather than go for a softer, rounder appearance like so many other SUVs. While the Velar and Evoque have those nifty pop-out electronic door handles, the new British Deluxe SUV soldiers have a conventional setup as the handles appear to be fixed in place.
Through the camouflage are small sections of the headlights and taillights, but what intrigues us most is the split tailgate. The top seems to protrude for some reason, although we’re tempted to believe that this area has an extra layer of camouflage to better conceal the rear design. Look further down and you’ll notice the prototype was fitted with four tailpipes, suggesting it had a beefy engine under its hood.
In one of the adjacent spy shots, it looks like the SUV has all-wheel steering, as the rear wheels appear to turn slightly to the right while the front wheels turn to the left. This helps reduce the turning radius, while at higher speeds all wheels turn in the same direction to increase stability.
While our spy photographers couldn’t get a good look inside the cabin, there are some angles you can see of the full roll cage and the body-hugging OMP seats. There is also a test device mounted on the center console, but obviously none of these will be on the production model. You might be tempted to believe that the sporty elements are indicative of a performance variant, but that’s not necessarily true, as we’ve seen prototypes of regular cars using this setup at the Nürburgring.
The current generation Range Rover is one of the oldest models in its segment, it has been around since 2012. With an all-new Mercedes GLS with a chic Maybach variant and a very first BMW X7, Land Rover needs to step up its SUV game. luxury and do it quickly to better compete with the Germans.
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The fifth-generation Range Rover is believed to arrive in dealerships in late 2021 and run on the MLA platform, with power potentially coming from an original BMW V8 engine. A plug-in hybrid derivative will have an electric motor at the rear, while a pure electric vehicle is said to be under consideration for a launch later in the model’s life cycle.