The current Range Rover went on sale way back in 2002, so it comes as little surprise that a new, fourth-generation of the venerable SUV is being readied. What does come as a surprise is the amount of camouflage that has been shed since the last time we saw 2014 Range Rover prototypes out in public.
Thanks to the lack of bulky cladding, we can now make out much of the new Rangie's design details, and – as we've stated previously – the new range-topping Rover will pull numerous cues from its smaller, stylish Evoque sibling. Look for a more rakish greenhouse, tapered head- and taillights, and trick LED running lights.
While these spy shots may give us some pretty clear hints to what the new Range Rover will look like, Band of America Merrill Lynch may have already given us the full Monty. On the cover sheet for its annual Car Wars study we reported on last week, the investment firm had an image of a Range Rover. We initially ignored it as a rendering, but when compared to these new spy shots, it looks like the real deal.
The 2014 Range Rover will again have a commanding presence with "Lo"-shape LED running lights, cat-eye headlights, and a lower rub strip that houses the fog lights. Large air intakes are mounted high – for fording water, we expect – and flank a large space that will fit either U.S. or European license plates easily. In profile, the new Range Rover looks almost identical to the current model, with a large, upright greenhouse; although, it has been softened slightly with more steeply raked front and rear glass, though less daring than on the Evoque. The oversized mirrors from the Evoque make an appearance here, too. Around back, an extra-wide tailgate is flanked by vertical LED light clusters that look to have the same cat-eye black trimming as found on the Evoque. Expect the interior to pull inspiration form the baby Range Rover as well – previous spy photos have shown a cabin that uses the same large touchscreen found in the smaller Evoque.
It's unlikely that the 2.0-liter turbo-four from the Evoque will find its way into the larger Range Rover, but do expect to see both the naturally-aspirated and supercharged variants of the 5.0-liter V-8 to return. Land Rover has been working to trim the Range Rover's curb weight by roughly 1000 pounds through the extensive use of aluminum to help with performance and fuel economy.
Though there are few official details about when the 2014 Range Rover will make its debut, don't be surprised to see it at either the Paris or Los Angeles show this fall and go on sale at some point later next year. Until then, check out the spy shots below.