2015 Land Rover LR4 Spy Shots
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
There is nothing like the Land Rover LR4 to handle the dead of winter with ease and the 2015 spied model was in Northern Europe testing it's cold weather capability. Our Chicago Land Rover dealer is looking forward to offering the next generation LR4. Contact us or call 888-245-5715 for more information.
Source: Motor Authority
While it may just look like an ordinary LR4, the vehicle you see here is actually a very early test mule for the next generation of the mid-size Land Rover SUV.
Spotted in Northern Europe as it undergoes cold weather testing, this mysterious LR4 is hiding the mechanicals of a vehicle that will eventually land in showrooms sometime in 2015.
Not much is known about the new SUV, which is likely to keep the LR4 name, though a switch to LR5 (Discovery 5 in other markets) is also possible.
What we can ascertain from these spy shots is that the new LR4 will be slighty wider than the current model, as evidenced by the extended wheel arches. The final stylingshould also be much more contemporary.
In line with Land Rover’s plans to reduce the number of platforms it uses from the current four to just two in the near future, we will see the new LR4 adopt the lightweight aluminum platform featured in the 2013 Range Rover. This platform is loosely based on the one underpinning the Jaguar XJ and is also set to spawn the redesigned 2014 Range Rover Sport due later this year.
The adoption of the lighter platform should make the new LR4 sportier and more nimble around town, which makes sense since Land Rover is reportedly repositioning the vehicle as a rival to the likes of the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz M Class. The aim is leisure rather than off-road prowess--if you’re serious about off-roading, Land Rover has a new Defender in the works, too.
Despite this change, the new LR4 should still offer plenty of utility thanks to standard all-wheel drive and Land Rover’s Terrain Response System, which allows the driver to select the ideal engine, transmission and traction control settings based on road or terrain conditions.
It’s too early to gauge specifics, but expect the current model’s 375-horsepower V-8 engine to carry over, this time matched to ZF’s brilliant eight-speed automatic. A more economical V-6 option may also be added to help increase the vehicle’s appeal.
Stay tuned for updates as development progresses.
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