Land Rover may offer a new Range Rover model underpinned by the new aluminium platform developed by parent Jaguar Land Rover. A source told Automotive News Europe that the new Range Rover model would fill a gap between the Evoque and the Range Rover Sport. Jaguar Land Rover’s new modular aluminum platform, announced at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show in September, would form the basis of a new Jaguar sedan due in 2015 that will target the BMW 3-series and 5-series.
The carmaker also revealed the Jaguar C-X17 crossover concept that is underpinned by the platform. According to analyst Max Warburton at Bernstein Research, the new Range Rover will be vital in making the aluminium platform profitable. He wrote in a recent report on Jaguar Land Rover that the new Range Rover will have higher pricing, higher volumes and higher contribution margins than any of the carmaker’s variants.
He added that they believe that the JLR’s product planners expect the L560 – the new Range Rover model -- to sell up to 80,000 units. Jaguar Land Rover is making a £1.5-billion investment (EUR1.79 billion) to develop the new platform. Warburton predicts that the new Range Rover will be assembled alongside a production version of the Jaguar crossover concept – the C-X17 -- on the same platform.
The C-X17 crossover concept displayed at the Frankfurt motor show has a length of 4700mm (185 inches), making it similar in size to the Audi Q5 and BMW X3. The source told Automotive News Europe that the styling of the new Range Rover is "car-like on steroids."
Warburton said the new Range Rover will be more enticing thanks to the new lightweight platform and JLR's new four-cylinder Hotfire engines, making the new offering lighter and more efficient than any Land Rover-branded product ever offered. He expects the new Range Rover to bear tags similar to those of the Discovery large SUV, which has a starting price of £38,850 (EUR45,595 euros) in the United Kingdom.