British carmaker Jaguar Land Rover is testing their next generation Range Rover cloaked in the current generation ‘L405’ body. The new platform that is likely to be used is the all-aluminium MLA (Modular Longitudinal Architecture) platform and the new platform is likely to support a wide variety of powertrains including mild hybrid, hybrid and electric options. There are also speculations of a hydrogen fuel cell system that could be used on the new MLA platform.
If the new platform is capable of electric and hydrogen fuel cell technology, the platform will become future proof, but the current (near future) generation SUV is still likely to be powered by conventional petrol and diesel engines. According to a media report, the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine could be replaced by another V8 engine sourced from BMW which is expected to be a 4.4-litre V8 engine that does duty on other BMW SUVs like the X5 and X7.
The next generation Range Rover is likely to have an evolutionary design and it is likely to be modernised and could retain the vehicle’s traditional styling. The vehicle is also expected to be longer than the current model which is evident in the spy pictures as the wheel arches have been modded and chopped to accommodate the platform of the longer wheelbase next-generation SUV.
The information on the interiors is scarce at the moment but the new car is likely to feature a totally new interior, physical buttons, rotary dials and dual touchscreen systems along with fully digital instrument console. The new SUV is likely to retain and be available with capable off-road systems.