The first pictures of the new Range Rover are publishedJanuary 8, 2021
Land Rover is actively developing its new fifth-generation Range Rover flagship – and now we get our first look at the car’s interior.
Numerous prototypes of the luxury SUV have been spotted at various stages of testing and with varying disguises in the UK and Europe over the past year. Now the spies have managed to get closer to one of them than anyone else and take a look at the partially disguised insides of the prototype.
While we cannot make out the overall design of the cockpit, a few clues can be gleaned from the two images. So, the car has a central touchscreen of the multimedia system, which, it seems, is already serial. It’s much larger than before and appears to be running an improved version of Jaguar Land Rover’s latest Pivi Pro operating system. Beneath it, there doesn’t appear to be a separate display for climate control like the current generation SUV.
The familiar digital instrument cluster display is also visible, although other elements of this prototype’s cockpit are either covered or unfinished. We can see the gear lever from Jaguar’s recently refreshed lineup, but there is no indication that the production version of the model will receive it. The touch control keys can also be seen on the steering wheel.
Heavy camouflage continues to hide key elements of the Range Rover’s exterior. However, we know that the overall shape will evolve and that new designs for headlights, direction indicators and daytime running lights can be developed.
Previously, mules had a four-pipe exhaust, which implied a V8 under the hood, which for the fifth generation will receive a volume of 4.4 liters. It will be borrowed from BMW.
One image shows the rear-axle steering system debuting on the new Range Rover. It is not yet known what modifications the system will receive, but it does provide clues as to the flexibility of the new MLA vehicle architecture.
We can also see that Land Rover has opted to keep the classic door handles rather than the flush-mounted elements like on the Velar. At the rear, the shape of the boot lid seems to indicate that the beloved split tailgate design has been retained.
JLR appears to be comparing the new model to the Mercedes-Maybach GLS, one of its main competitors alongside the BMW X7. The company’s new flagship will replace the current Range Rover, which was launched in 2012, and should give JLR much-needed high-margin gains as the global economy is expected to start recovering from the effects of the current coronavirus crisis.
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