- Newer, lighter platform which is EV-ready
According to the grapevine, Land Rover has already begun working on the next Range Rover which is said to be slated for a 2021 debut. The new Rangie will be built to fend off the Rolls-Royce Cullinan and the Bentley Bentayga and will undergo a sea of changes underneath a similar-looking body-shell as the current car.
The current Range Rover received a styling update in MY2018 with the new Velar-like looks. Now that the Evoque is also taking a similar route, it seems that the Velar-styling will be the new face of the Range Rover series. But it is not only about styling. Because, it is being said that the Range-Rover will be built on an all-new platform.
The new platform will have more aluminium and light-weight materials and will look to repeat Land Rover’s feat of shedding almost 400kg of weight in the previous generation change that occurred in 2012. And that will be imperative because the new platform has to factor in electric powertrains, a large component of which is batteries.
A car of the size of the Range Rover, which is almost 5m in length and weighs about two tonnes, will need a large battery pack especially with the benchmark of EV range being 500kms. Also, with the Cullinan and the Bentayga in sight as competition, the new Range Rover might end up growing in size and also will offer a host of features and options, all-of which will run on the batteries.
With the new platform and interiors, the powertrains will also be updated. While the 5.0-litre supercharged petrol will always be on offer, Land Rover might revise the 4.4-litre diesel V8 and the 3.0-litre turbo petrol. Of course, by then, Land Rover will have another better iteration of the Terrain Response driving function that helps you get the best out of its drivetrain on any surface.
Well, most of this is speculative and we will have to wait till more concrete information is available for us to derive some more conclusions.
(* Picture shown in the article is for representational purpose only and might not reflect the new-gen Range Rover)