2021 Range Rover and Long-Wheelbase model: price, specs and release date
There’s a new Range Rover on the way, and it has been spotted out and about while testing. Read on to find out more.
- Latest version of flagship luxury SUV
- Long-Wheelbase model also spotted
- Will retain classic split tailgate
- Fifth-generation model
- Could use new chassis technology
- On sale in 2021
- Priced from around £90,000
The Range Rover sits at the top of the Land Rover range, making it the brand’s most expensive and luxurious SUV. The new version will replace the current fourth-generation model when it arrives next year and will be an alternative to the likes of the Mercedes GLS and BMW X7.
2021 Range Rover design
These spy photographs show that the Range Rover isn’t likely to look radically different from what came before: the large grille, high window sills and signature headlights all appear to be in place on this new model. Expect plenty of small tweaks when the car is revealed, but nothing too major will change.
Look at the rear of the car and it’s clear the staple split-tailgate will remain on the next Range Rover. A roof spoiler pokes out above the rear windscreen, and four exhaust pipes can be seen under the rear bumper – so this model uses a combustion engine.
2021 Range Rover Long Wheelbase spotted
The Range Rover prototype pictured above confirms that there will be a longer, more luxurious version of the 2021 Range Rover. These versions are expected to be called the Range Rover Long Wheelbase (wheelbase refers to the distance between a car’s front and rear wheels).
From the side, it’s clear that the new Long Wheelbase (LWB) model has much larger rear doors. This suggests most of the extra length will be given to the rear passengers. The LWB version of the current Range Rover is some 200mm longer than standard; you can expect a similar increase in length for the new car.
Though it will be sold in Western markets, including the UK, the LWB Range Rover is mainly intended for the Chinese market, but it will go on sale in other countries, including the UK.
2021 Range Rover engines
What’s not clear is what engine this prototype has, but the current model uses V6 and V8 petrol and diesel engines. There’s also a 2.0-litre four-cylinder in the plug-in hybrid model. The new Range Rover could get a completely overhauled engine range, though, as it’s likely to use a brand new set of chassis components (called a platform).
This new set-up will allow Land Rover to fit better-integrated hybrid and electric systems, meaning the new Range Rover will almost certainly be available as a plug-in hybrid. Land Rover is working with BMW on new electric car tech, so expect to see the results of that on display in the newest Range Rover – a pure-electric version isn’t out of the question.
2021 Range Rover interior
We don’t have any images of the new Range Rover’s interior just yet, but we expect it to follow on from both the current model’s luxurious interior, with improvements to material quality and in-car tech such as the infotainment system. A high-spec long-wheelbase version will probably be available with extra rear legroom to attract high-end buyers – the sort who prefer to travel in the back seats.
As with the current model, the Range Rover will feature loads of off-roading technology including cameras all around the outside of the car to help you see exactly where to place the car – just like on the new Land Rover Defender.
2021 Range Rover price and release date
The new Range Rover is likely to appear in some form officially later in 2020 and go on sale in 2021. Expect it to cost from close to £90,000 and go beyond £170,000 for the most expensive long-wheelbase model.
If you can’t wait for this new model to go on sale, head over to our Range Rover review to read all about the current car. Or, check out the latest carwow BMW X7 deals and Mercedes GLS deals for offers on alternatives.
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