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Images leaked of new Range Rover ahead of official launch

 
Zak Adkins
Journalist

Here’s a first glimpse of the all-new, fifth-generation Range Rover ahead of its official global unveiling on October 26


The next-generation Range Rover is just around the corner, with the global reveal for Land Rover’s flagship SUV scheduled for October 26. But images leaked on social media appear to have already stolen its thunder. 

Looking at the leaked images and previous spy shots, the fifth-generation Range Rover’s front end looks very similar to the current generation car – launched to much fanfare back in 2012

Where things change dramatically, however, is at the rear, which features futuristic full-width tail-lights that curve downwards into vertical lighting stacks at both sides. 

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The JLR 11.4-inch touchscreen is an interior highlight of the new Range Rover.

Inside the cabin, the new Range Rover appears to incorporate Land Rover’s 11.4-inch touchscreen that makes up a large part of the highly styled dashboard design. 

As you would expect, the new Range Rover’s cabin will be a spacious and luxurious place to be, with plenty of room for five adults and premium materials 

Drivetrain and mechanicals

The new-generation Range Rover will be the first to be built upon the brand’s new Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA) platform. 

It’s a fully scalable platform that can be adjusted in length, height, width and wheelbase, and is lighter and stiffer than its predecessor. 

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The front end of the Range Rover looks sleak but not all that different from the previous generation.

The platform is designed to host a range of powertrain configurations, including internal combustion engines, plug-in hybrids and full-electric. 

While not yet confirmed, an electric Range Rover is expected to go on sale sometime after 2024. 

For internal combustion engines, the new Range Rover is likely to use BMW units and phase out the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 that has been associated with various fast JLR models for quite some time. 

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New strip light at the rear blends into the edge LED light clusters.

The Range Rover could pick up the 4.4-litre twin-turbo petrol V8 used in the X5 and X7 SUVs. The V8 would provide ample power, currently making 390kW and 750Nm. While this set-up would spell the end for the old V8’s glorious supercharger whine, it would certainly pack similar boosted V8 punch. 

Expect to see JLR’s relatively new six-cylinder units to be carried over for the next car in diesel guise at first. Petrol-hybrid six-cylinder and four-cylinder engines could potentially be on the cards, too. 

A 48-volt mild hybrid system will likely carry over from the fourth-generation Range Rover. 

Deliveries aren’t expected in the UK until March 2022 with Australian cars unlikely to appear until later in the year. 

Keep up to date with Chasing Cars next week for when the fifth-generation Range Rover’s official launch takes place on October 26.