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JLR Won't Let Pandemic Delay Development Of All-New Range Rover

JLR has begun putting the all-new 5th generation Range Rover through its early development paces, as the luxury SUV is scheduled to hit global showrooms sometime next year.

According to Autocar, work on the new Range Rover will not be delayed, despite the carmaker having to close its production facilities and pause the launch of the all-new Land Rover Defender. Prototypes for the former were spotted recently undergoing cold weather testing.

Meanwhile, hot weather trials are expected to take place in the coming weeks, and over the course of the year, the camouflage on the prototypes will get thinner and thinner, revealing a familiar yet updated design.

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Even camouflaged, the prototypes appear to feature wider front and rear tracks, as well as more prominent wheel arches, which should help the new model look more imposing than its predecessor, which has been on sale since 2012.

The new Range Rover will utilize the carmaker’s MLA architecture, which should deliver a reduction in warranty and reliability problems, while also allowing for over-the-air software updates. The new model should also get a BMW-sourced 4.4-liter twin turbo V8 unit, aimed at markets such as the Middle East or California. Other drivetrains will include a plug-in hybrid system as well as all-electric variants, to go with the usual assortment of gasoline and diesel options.

The Mk5 Range Rover should give JLR a much-needed financial boost, at a time when the global economy is expected to begin growing again, following the current lockdown.

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