Land Rover is getting ready to present the all-new next-gen Defender, and aside from that, one of the company's most important models is set to mark its seventh anniversary.
The all-new Defender in question is the fourth generation Range Rover that was premiered in 2012. The model got a modification for 2018, notwithstanding, the premium SUV didn't change much. However, there has been a change in its segment as new competitors have emerged to compete alongside the Range Rover. High-end models like the BMW X7 and the Bentley Bentayga will be slugging it out with the new Defender.
Despite the influx of competitors, Naijauto gathered that the Range Rover brand still maintained its position, as sales recorded in the US last year came at 19,030 units. Land Rover wants to keep holding its own and is making plans to that effect, with the new Range Rover coming soon.
Reports say the fifth generation Range Rover is expected to be unveiled in 2021, hereby called Range Rover 2021. It will also be based on the firm's new Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA). The MLA platform is aluminum-intensive, with a promise of being lighter than the present architecture. And not only that, the platform has been created to have a capacity for plug-in hybrid and electric powertrains.
It has a capacity for plug-in hybrid and electric powertrains
With the recent changes, the new Range Rover is sure to present an eco-friendly powertrain. Nothing has been made official, however, a mild hybrid variant will be available, powered by a supercharged and turbocharged inline-6 engine. It will also offer outputs that span from 300hp (224 kw/304 PS) to 400hp (298 kw/406 PS).
Reports also said a plug-in hybrid version will be available as well.it will run on a straight-six engine and each axle will have an electric motor. No word has been said about its specifications but there are speculations that it will be an all-electric range that will drive at 40 miles (64km).
Again, it's reported that the Range Rover is aimed at city residents in Asia.
Next-Gen Range Rover is powered by a supercharged and turbocharged inline-6 engine
No word for how the model will turn out with regards to looks. However, we wouldn't be surprised if it takes some inspiration from the Velar and newer Evoque. If so, then sleeker styling, a more luxurious interior, and updated technology will be expected to be seen.
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