For years, Land Rover’s Range Rover was unparalleled in the luxury SUV segment. But with demand for SUVs soaring over the past decade it was only a matter of time until rivals started to challenge it. The current Range Rover is still hard to beat when it comes to an SUV that offers sublime luxury and serious off-roading potential but Land Rover isn’t resting on its laurels.
The Range Rover and its Range Rover Sport cousin are approaching the midway point in their respective life cycles and to keep them fresh Land Rover will introduce some subtle updates. We’ve already spied a prototype for the updated version of the Range Rover Sport and today it’s the Range Rover which is the focus of our spy shots.
The prototype is sporting a new grille and a new bumper at the front. The design of the intakes on this front bumper is the only significant change. The wheel pattern is also one we haven’t seen on the Range Rover before.
It’s not clear what mechanical updates are planned though we could finally see a gasoline-electric hybrid version on offer here in the United States. A diesel-electric hybrid version is offered overseas. Note, a pure diesel option was introduced here for the 2016 model year.
The current Range Rover was introduced as a 2013 model. That means we should see this update introduced for the 2017 model year although it could be delayed until 2018 to coincide with the update for the Range Rover Sport. Look for a debut to take place late this year or early next.