The latest version of Land Rover’s flagship vehicle, the Range Rover, will go on sale in the fall of 2012. However, don’t be embarrassed if you mistake it for the new Evoque when you first see it. The fourth-generation luxury SUV is expected to be stretched out just ever so slightly compared to the current model. However, despite the miniscule growth, the new Range Rover is expected to drop nearly 990 pounds, courtesy of aluminum (and lots of it) used during assembly.
Interior room especially benefits from the overall growth, with increased rear-seat legroom and longer rear doors equaling easier rear-seat access. It’s blatantly obvious the next-gen Range Rover bites off more than a little bit of exterior styling from the new Evoque. The windshield and roof line are sloped even more than those of past models and the squared-off body sheds right angles for broad curves. Inside, Autocar reports that Land Rover is using Bentley as its standard for interior quality.
The latest Range Rover will share a chassis and electrical system with the next-generation Jaguar XJ but the suspension will be its own. The next generation Range Rover Sport will also utilize the same chassis once it’s released. Under the hood, Autocar reports that new V-6 and supercharged V-6 gasoline engines could join the supercharged V-8 and turbocharged diesel V-6 and V-8 engines currently available in the Range Rover. It also appears Land Rover has been bitten by the hybrid bug, and while chances of it actually coming to fruition are slim, a plug-in hybrid drivetrain is being explored. The hybrid drivetrain would run on either diesel or gasoline and was shown off earlier this year on the Range_e concept at the Geneva Motor Show.
What do you think of Range Rover’s latest design? Is it headed in the right direction or is it too much like the new Range Rover Evoque? Tell us what you think in the comment section below.