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Largest variant of fifth-generation Range Rover shows off rear-wheel steering system
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22 October 2020

Jaguar Land Rover's new generation flagship SUV is well into its development programme ahead of a 2021 launch, and our spy photographers have caught the long-wheelbase version testing on public roads. 

Heavy camouflage continues to hide key elements of the model's design, but it's possible to make out a new design for the headlights, indicators and daytime running lights, while the quad-exit exhaust suggests that this mule packs the range-topping V8 engine option, which for the fifth-generation car will be a 4.4-litre 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. 

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. 

We can also see that Land Rover has chosen to stick with classic-style door handles rather than the flush-fitting items used on the Velar. At the rear, the shape of the bootlid appears to show that the beloved split-tailgate design is retained. 

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

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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 the global economy is expected to begin to emerge from the effects of the current lockdown.

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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Philco 22 October 2020

Four wheel steering

The four wheel steering will be handy in Waitrose car parks.

Ski Kid 22 October 2020

I thought that too about the engine

They have not even set the line up as yet ,in the process of transferring the productuion of the V8 from bridgend to wolverhampton so this engine has got life in it for another 10 years or so until they are just electric, will be boring then.Did you all see the other week that the Electric power distribution is now allowed in times of  need when excessive demand is on the grid ,to turn of supply to ev's.

Peter Cavellini 22 October 2020

Nothing changes.

 Well, I've read the new posts on the Car, and have to say, there the only ones that didn't wave the Brown Collar banner, the them and us brigade, the posters who don't like other posters, not because they don't agree with what the have to say, but, because they think they're the only correct assumption. This is a new Range Rover, an expensive car we know, and we should all hope that, along with other Companies, that they are successful with there products so that the, no, our economy starts to pick up and provide more jobs for the next generation and the current work force and unemployed, I won't be able to own a car like this, and even if I were, it wouldn't fit my life, my kids are grown up, and I wouldn't feel right driving a two and a half ton with just me in it mostly, so, if you don't liked that's fine, but, we need to sell for our futures.

mrking 22 October 2020

Peter Cavellini wrote:

Peter Cavellini wrote:

 Well, I've read the new posts on the Car, and have to say, there the only ones that didn't wave the Brown Collar banner, the them and us brigade, the posters who don't like other posters, not because they don't agree with what the have to say, but, because they think they're the only correct assumption. This is a new Range Rover, an expensive car we know, and we should all hope that, along with other Companies, that they are successful with there products so that the, no, our economy starts to pick up and provide more jobs for the next generation and the current work force and unemployed, I won't be able to own a car like this, and even if I were, it wouldn't fit my life, my kids are grown up, and I wouldn't feel right driving a two and a half ton with just me in it mostly, so, if you don't liked that's fine, but, we need to sell for our futures.

 

Absolutely right. Who cares about the planet, let's get the economy moving and make some more dosh. We can just buy another planet with all the dosh we'll have.

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