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Fifth-generation Range Rover was previewed in leaked images but full details arrive this evening
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26 October 2021

Land Rover will officially reveal the new, fifth-generation Range Rover later today (26 October) after a selection of images leaked online previewed the final design. 

The new Range Rover has been officially revealed. See it here. 

Posted to Instagram by cochespias, the low-quality pictures show the reinvented flagship SUV from various angles, giving us our first look at the final design without any camouflage. As expected, the styling overhaul is evolutionary rather than revolutionary, and appears to be centred more on giving a smoother and more minimalist overall look.

A new grille, light clusters and bumpers help to mark this out as the fifth-generation car, but more striking is a new black panel that dominates the rear end, extending up the sides and along the top of the tailgate, housing new-look vertical brake light clusters. Elsewhere, it looks to be a case of updating the Range Rover's trademark features; the silhouette is relatively unchanged, the distinctive 'gills' still feature ahead of the front doors and the bonnet looks to be a clamshell-style design. 

Pictures of the interior give less away, but we can see a new touchscreen running Jaguar Land Rover's latest Pivi Pro software, a fresh new steering wheel and centre console design and an all-digital climate control stack. Further details will be given at the car's reveal, which will be covered live at autocar.co.uk next Tuesday evening.

Images previously submitted to Autocar by reader Mohammed Rajak showed a pair of camouflaged test mules running around the Highlands, one of which towing a trailer, likely for powertrain telemetry purposes.

Numerous prototypes of the luxury SUV have been seen in varying levels of disguise testing across the UK and Europe over the last year or so. Earlier this year, a photographer managed to get closer to one than anybody managed previously, grabbing a look at the prototype's partly disguised innards. 

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Although we can't make out the overall cabin design, a few clues can be gleaned from the two images showing different angles – now confirmed by the leaked images. The first is a central touchscreen - that appears to be production-spec - which sits proud of the dash centre and is significantly larger than before. It also appears to be running a further developed version of Jaguar Land Rover's latest Pivi Pro operating system. 

A familiar digital dial display is visible, too, though other elements of this prototype's cabin are either covered up or unfinished. We can see a gearlever borrowed from Jaguar's recently updated model range, but there's no indication of it being for production. Haptic feedback controls can be seen on the steering wheel, too.

Earlier mules sported a quad-exit exhaust, suggesting they packed the range-topping V8 engine option, which for the fifth-generation car will be a 4.4-litre turbocharged unit borrowed from BMW.

One image (below) shows off the rear-wheel steering system that will make its debut on the new Range Rover. It's not yet known which variants will receive the system, but it gives clues as to the flexibility of the car's new MLA architecture. 

Previously, the shorter, standard Range Rover was caught on video at the Nürburgring, being pushed to its limits during the usual manufacturer pool, where makers bring prototypes of all shapes and sizes to be put through their paces. 

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Featuring a wider stance aided by what looks like a more pronounced shoulder line, wider wheel arches and an imposing front end, the new SUV appears to balance a styling evolution with the tradition that customers expect. 

JLR is also apparently benchmarking the new model against a Mercedes-Maybach GLS, one of its prime competitors along with the BMW X7.

The company’s new flagship will replace the current Range Rover, which was launched in 2012, and should give JLR a much-needed high-profit-margin boost just as it embarks on its wide-reaching Reimagine transformation programme under new boss Thierry Bolloré.

It’s based on the latest-generation MLA platform, which offers the flexibility of accommodating internal combustion engines, plug-in hybrid systems and full battery electric powertrains. You can read our full 2021 Range Rover scoop for more information. 

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amarts 26 October 2021

Will there be a market for a 2 ton Chelsea Tractor in the next few years, whatever it it is powered by? Most people who drive them have no spatial awareness and just clog up roads trying to drive and park.

Peter Cavellini 21 October 2021

It looks nice, but, as most here say it's the best off reader, why has there never been, other than the first model way back in the mists of time, has the never been a basic, hose out interior everyday mud plugger?, I'd it because most don actually go off road?, the only mud they see is on the Road, there must be better of roaders than the Range Rover, who does the best interior though?

sabre 21 October 2021
Peter Cavellini wrote:

It looks nice, but, as most here say it's the best off reader, why has there never been, other than the first model way back in the mists of time, has the never been a basic, hose out interior everyday mud plugger?, I'd it because most don actually go off road?, the only mud they see is on the Road, there must be better of roaders than the Range Rover, who does the best interior though?

"off reader" - You mean off roader. Off reader is someone who sees a report about Lamd Rover cars and takes off and away 

LRS3 25 October 2021
Peter Cavellini wrote:

why has there never been, other than the first model way back in the mists of time, has the never been a basic, hose out interior everyday mud plugger?

 

I would guess this is because the Range Rover has to be luxurious. It's quite hard to make a comfortable, luxurious cabin filled with tech that you can hose out, I would guess.

Will86 20 October 2021

Not convinced by these images. I'm all for an evolutionary approach to the Range Rover's styling and I'm pleased the basic form remain the same, but the front end looks like a light facelift and doesn't gel with the more heavily revised rear. And why are the side vents on the front doors? That seems odd. Maybe better pictures might show it more favourably?

f839 25 October 2021

Agree 100%. I love iterative design because it ages well. I'm not sure this will. The fake "hockey" vents that the current model has at least have a bit of flow with the lines.