The next-gen model is expected to offer a 3.0-liter inline-six in base form, along with a 5.0-liter V8 in the higher-spec trims.
A new generation of the Range Rover is just around the corner, with the automaker slated to reveal the redesigned luxury flagship on October 26 ahead of its arrival next year as a 2022 model. The current generation has been on sale since 2012 with a few updates here and there, so the arrival of the next-gen model will be a major milestone for the automaker, which has faced some challenges in recent years along with sibling brand Jaguar.
The new model, previewed in the teaser image above, suggests that the model has largely settled into a comfortable design and profile with the debut of the last generation, and that the 2022 redesign will be more evolutionary than revolutionary. The biggest design changes on the outside are likely to concern the taillights, which will adopt a much sleeker, vertical profile, in contrast to the traditional rectangular units that the model has featured since its inception half a century ago.
We expect to see short- and long-wheelbase versions once the new generation arrives next year, with base models offering a gasoline inline-six, likely a carryover of the popular 3.0-liter unit, while higher-priced versions will offer the 5.0-liter V8. A bit later a PHEV version is expected to materialize as well, though a battery-electric version is expected to arrive around 2024.
The model itself has been slowly evolving in the direction of a luxury sedan alternative, rather than an off-road-focused model, even though the automaker will still pay close attention to its off-pavement abilities. Over the past 25 years the Range Rover has grown in size while emphasizing rear-seat legroom and luxury tech, culminating with the debut of a long-wheelbase Autobiography model with the current generation of the SUV.
The Range Rover has also faced some indirect pressure from larger American and German SUVs when it comes to interior room, and the consumer market's growing focus on generous third-row accommodations. Both of these tendencies, along with the growing popularity of the model as an alternative to the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class in Europe, have pushed the model toward more of a chauffeured luxury experience, while other Land Rover models have offered Land Rover buyers something more nimble with the debuts of the Velar and Range Rover Sport.
Speaking of the Range Rover Sport, the smaller Rangie is also due for a redesign, one that's expected to closely follow the full-size model's. With the recent arrival of the new Defender, there are currently more Land Rover models on the market than at any other time, with the upcoming long-wheelbase Defender 130 expected to overlap with the Range Rover in pricing.
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