The big Range Rover, the OG Range Rover – whatever you want to call it, there’s a new one coming.

    The eponymous head of Land Rover’s Range Rover sub-brand is moving to the new Modular Longitudinal Architecture Flex (MLA Flex) platform.

    The new platform supports mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric models.

    Our spy photographers captured this plug-in hybrid variant testing and, while there’s still plenty of camouflage, we can now see the production grille.

    The prototype appears to have a regular-length wheelbase, though they’ll also be a long-wheelbase model.

    While JLR’s Ingenium inline six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines are likely to be available, the range may be topped by a turbocharged 4.4-litre petrol V8 engine sourced from BMW.

    In the latest BMW M5 Competition, the V8 produces 460kW of power and 750Nm of torque, but there are less powerful versions, such as the 390kW/750Nm one used in the X5 M50i.

    The new Range Rover won’t have much company on the new MLA Flex platform, with Jaguar Land Rover scrapping an MLA-based Jaguar XJ sedan at the eleventh hour.

    Also scuttled was a flagship crossover for the Jaguar brand, expected to wear the J-Pace name.

    The current Range Rover debuted at the 2012 Paris motor show.

    Since then, the upper-large luxury SUV segment has grown markedly, with new entrants including the Aston Martin DBX, Bentley Bentayga and Rolls-Royce Cullinan.

    More affordable alternatives to the Range Rover now also include the BMW X7, while a new Lexus LX is expected to appear in the next few years.

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    William Stopford

    William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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