Next Land Rover Range Rover reveals more of its lighter body
Posted May 21st 2012 11:28AM
This isn't the first (or second, or third) time we've caught the next-generation Big Daddy Range Rover out testing, but this latest set of spy photos gives us our best look yet at some of the SUV's new exterior details. (Sidenote: We have to commend Jaguar Land Rover for having some of the coolest camouflage patterns in the world.)
As you might expect, the Range Rover's shape hasn't changed too much from the current generation, though we can clearly see a sleeker front fascia with headlamps that seem to incorporate new LED running lights, as well as a slightly sleeker roofline. But the big news for this next-generation vehicle is the huge reduction in weight that's supposedly on tap – reports have estimated that as much as 363 kilograms (800 pounds) have been shed from the SUV's body. This weight savings is largely due to an all-new aluminum platform, as well as widespread use of lightweight materials throughout the body.
Mum's the word on what's going to be found underhood, but we'd expect the usual range of eight-cylinder engines to be offered here in Canada. Murmurs of a hybrid powertrain have also been spinning 'round the rumourmill, so don't rule out the possibility of some electric boost being on tap, as well.
Click through the above gallery to see the full slate of spy shots for yourself.