Words: Keith Adams Photography: Julian Reynolds
Range Rover management clearly took the decision last week to show just a little bit more of next year’s Range Rover, codenamed L405, to the public. The Midlands was flooded with test and development prototypes of its new flagship wearing far less disguise than before last week, and more of the new car’s styling is coming into focus – with clear ‘big Evoque’ styling cues emerging from under the zebra tape.
The front-end styling has been modernised with wraparound Evoque-style indicators and slimmer headlights, the flanks are less bulky, and the rising shoulder-line is a new styling cur for the big Rangie. Luckily, the rear end remains reasonably unchanged, which means a wide opening split tailgate, and a large rear window.
The main difference between the outgoing L322 and the new L405 is the all-new modular aluminium platform, which will also underpin the next Discovery, which will drastically reduce the current car’s portly 2.7-tonne kerbweight. The word on the street is that the new Rangie is a much more car-like driving experience – a deliberate ploy from a company that’s trying to take an increasing share of the luxury car market.
Unveiling is later this year, with the first public showing at the Paris Motor Show this autumn.