Next-Gen Range Rover Looking To Fight Off Bentayga And Cullinan

The Bentley Bentayga and Rolls-Royce Cullinan may currently reign supreme over the luxury SUV market, but the next-generation Range Rover is coming and it’s set to be a significant improvement over the current model.

Set to launch in 2021, the new Range Rover will be underpinned by a new Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA) in place of the D7u platform used by the current model. Made from aluminum, the MLA underpinnings are not only lighter than the outgoing platform, but are so versatile that all future Jaguar Land Rover models from the Jaguar XE to the Range Rover will be based around MLA.

Another key advantage of MLA is that it can accommodate fully-electric powertrains alongside plug-in hybrids and traditional petrol and diesel models. The British marque will make full use of this flexibility and offer a range of EVs to complete the ICE variants. Interestingly, Autocar reports that the next-generation Range Rover won’t be sold in fully-electric guise as the company wants its first electric Range Rover to be a distinct model with car proportions.

Big changes afoot for the new Range Rover.

Interestingly, existing Range Rover engines are all set to be scrapped, including the 3.0-liter V6 diesel, 4.4-liter V8 diesel, supercharged 5.0-liter V8 petrol and 3.0-liter V8 petrol. The V6 engines will make way for the company’s straight-six Ingenium powertrains and 48V mild-hybrid technology is to be expected in some variants.

The new Range Rover will have largely identical proportions to the existing model and retain the vehicle’s characteristic design traits, albeit slightly modernized.

Advanced technologies will be found in abundance in the new model. For example, the interior will use an updated version of the Touch Pro Duo system of the Velar. Additionally, the Smart settings of the Jaguar E-Pace will be featured, as will Land Rover’s latest connected car technology which will allow the new Range Rover to interact with an owner’s home. Autonomous driving features are also an inevitability, potentially those including the company’s off-road self-driving systems currently being developed.

Note: Range Rover SV Coupe pictured

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  • Move to upmarket for RR it seems, possibly with Velar or Sport taking over the former spot. I actually think this is a great movie, given the new RR has been sees as an S-Class competitor.

    Also still wondering if the Road Rover does actually exist…

  • Nordschleife

    I can dig this. I do hope that the new RR gets some bespoke pieces and really sets a style standard vs just looking like a boxy Vekar.

  • rover10

    Styling wise, that should not be too difficult to achieve as both RR and Bentley are visually challenged. The price point for the general model should not rise over what you pay today. Vogue editions, prices are already astronomical and rising, but should stay below the aforementioned. I doubt you can place a cigarette paper between any of the above, for comfort and features, and Range Rover have a sound customer base so should not be held back when creating a replacement. If I had to pick one of the other pair it would be the Bentley that Range Rover should target, as that model is probably the one more likely to be heavily restyled first?

  • Bo Hanan

    As long as LR stays current with styling and tech they have nothing to fear.

    • emjayay

      And reliability.

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