The next Range Rover designed to have lower running costs and better performance has been spotted being tested in Holland and another - possibly a hybrid - has been seen closer to home by LRO readers.
It is still recognisable as a Range Rover, though; it has the classic front end with a wide grille. The big changes are underneath as the vehicle is reputed to be constructed on an aluminium chassis that helps to shed weight. This is combined with a revised powertrain, comprising a 320bhp 4.4-litre diesel engine and an eight-speed automatic gearbox with a stop-start facility. This adds up to a Range Rover’s with massively reduced emissions increased fuel economy. A diesel TDV6 and 5.0-litre supercharged V8 versions are rumoured as well.
Rumours of a hybrid version gained substance when an interesting version was spotted being tested by a man walking his dog at the Eastnor Castle estate in Herefordshire. He wrote, 'I was walking the dog and saw what looked like a Range Rover, with a van-type body without rear windows in an interesting zebra-stripe/urban camo paintjob. The front grille was blocked off and the light clusters were non-standard. It was being trailed by a standard Range Rover and I'm assuming it's a test rig for something. Anyhow, it had road plates and I ran a search through the DVLA, which turned up an interesting result (registration was VX11 HJC);
Date of Liability
01 08 2012
Date of First Registration
10 08 2011
Year of Manufacture
Cylinder Capacity (cc)
Licence Not Due
Is this Land Rover's first zero emission vehicle?