Charl Bosch
Online Motoring Reporter
2 minute read
21 Oct 2021
12:23 pm

Before you were meant to see it: All-new Range Rover leaked

Charl Bosch

The evolutionary front facia design rounded off by a more option splitting rear that seemingly takes after that of the Rolls-Royce Cullinan.

Design at the front a clear evolution of the current model.

While still to comment, Jaguar-Land Rover (JLR) is unlikely to take kindly to the leaking of several images of the all-new Range Rover mere hours after confirming 26 October as the official launch date.

Uncovered by the Cochespias Instagram page, complemented soon after by separate images from the drivenhardoffical and jons_garage18 profiles, not long after the marque presented the first official teaser, the seemingly authentic snaps show the Range Rover sporting a more evolutionary design at the front, with the facia and lights being little changed from the current model.

Although the side profile and silhouette also continue unchanged, the biggest and most radical change is the rear. Still bearing a passing resemblance to the original model, the rounded tailgate is now flanked by slim vertical LED taillights in a look that seemingly pays homage to the Rolls-Royce Cullinan.

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Polarising wraparound rear seemingly a nod to the Rolls-Royce Cullinan.

Also pictured, the interior receives the new 11.4-inch Pivi Pro infotainment system, albeit ‘attached’ to the dashboard rather than being integrated, the toggle switch operated gear lever, digital instrument cluster, and a more minimalist centre console.

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Fitted with the equally streamlined climate control panel, the steering wheel is also new in that it features two-spokes on either side of the hub, underlined by a chrome strip. The mentioned console is decked-out in wood but as with previous generations, expect a variety of veneers and finishes to be offered as well.

Unlike its exterior and interior, the Range Rover is all new underneath in that it will make use of the new Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA) Flex platform that has been redesigned from the original in order to accept partial or fully electric hardware.

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JLR’s widely used Pivi Pro infotainment system will come as standard.

While anticipated to follow the Defender and Discovery in being powered by a range of mild-hybrid six-cylinder Ingenium petrol and diesel engines, the stalwart Ford-based 5.0-litre supercharged V8 will make way for BMW’s 4.4-litre twin-turbo, bent-eight as a result of JLR’s partnership agreement with Munich announced back in 2019.

Plug-in hybrid models are once again set to be part of the range, though it remains to be seen whether these would continue to be four-cylinder powered or come with six as in the Discovery P400e. An all-electric model is also set to be added to the range, but not immediately.

The first completely new Range Rover since 2012, expect more images and details, both official and unofficial, to emerge leading up to next week’s reveal.