The flagship SUV of the British brand fifth generation is being tested with a 4.4-litre petrol V8, which is expected to be released BMW as part of the new agreement.
Jaguar Land Rover is preparing a completely new version of its flagship Range Rover and now the prototype is being tested on UK roads. The latest test mule wearing the body adapted existing models with different visible components of the suspension and exhaust. Apparently, under the hood of the prototype test is the 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine from BMW.
Earlier rumors that Jaguar Land Rover will use the turbocharged V8 BMW, in future updates was reinforced by the message that both companies have agreed on wide-ranging partnership in the field of internal combustion engines, in addition to the existing agreement on the joint production of electrified powertrains.
Production of the current 5.0-liter engine advanage “AJ” will be discontinued the Ford plant in Bridgend in the near future – the company plans to close next year. JLR, overcoming various financial setbacks, seeks to greater economies of scale to invest only in the power plant of the future. With a six-cylinder diesel units, which are expected to come from the workshops of BMW, it is still unknown whether or not to install the recently released specialists Jaguar Land Rover Ingenium engine Straight 6 in the new Range Rover.
The experts noted that the prototype test Ramge Rover also has a stretched rear arches and a cutout in the rear bumper necessary to accommodate the slightly longer wheelbase. Last year the British company has announced that new Range Rover, along with the next Range Rover Sport will use a completely new architecture with intensive use of aluminium. To prepare for these models its Solihull plant has experienced a major reconstruction to accommodate the advanced technology that will be used in future Range Rovers. As a result, the production of Discovery moved from the plant to the new plant Jaguar Land Rover in Nitra, Slovakia, also freeing up space for the potential production of the first electric Range Rover.
The new platform of the Range Rover will be much lighter than the current model D7u, and the easiest of all platforms Jaguar Land Rover. Called modular longitudinal architecture (MLA), the aluminum platform will be used on all future Jaguar Land Rover models, from the Jaguar XE Range Rover.
Weight loss MLA is crucial to ensure the additional weight of batteries in electric and hybrid models, and technologies and transmission.