Caught! Evoque-Like Next-Generation Range Rover

Next-Generation Flagship Takes After Little Brother

Edward A. SanchezMay 1, 2012
Our friends at Automobile magazine captured a heavily cladded test mule of what's believed to be the next-generation Range Rover. Not surprisingly, we expect the brand's flagship model will take on many of the styling cues of its little brother, the Evoque. Range Rover's compact SUV has been turning heads since it was introduced, and the brand clearly wants to spread some of that eye-catching style to the rest of its lineup.
The mule spotted appears to have a fake D-pillar, suggesting more steeply-raked rear glass than the current model. The front of the mule has a bulge in the front fender cladding, indicating a wraparound front headlamp/turn signal assembly, much like the Evoque.
The interior also shows some strong Evoque influences, with a similarly styled steering wheel and center console, with a prominent multifunction and navigation touch screen. While we can only see the upper part of the dash in the spy photos, there's a good chance the Evoque's knob-actuated shifter, itself borrowed from sister company Jaguar, may also transition to the larger Range Rover.
The next-generation Range Rover is also expected to go on a massive diet, losing potentially as much as 1000 pounds, thanks to extensive use of aluminum and high-strength steel. Click over to Automobile's Rumors section for the full photo gallery!
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Source: Automobile
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