Road Rover Rumours Fueled By Recent Trademark Filing

Ivan Leon

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Earlier this month, we reported about Land Rover’s plans to introduce its first-ever model outside the SUV and crossover segments.

A British magazine then claimed that the project, tentatively named the Road Rover, could get Jaguar’s aluminium-intensive platform that will underpin the new Jaguar XJ.

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Now, serving as an indirect confirmation of the rumours comes a new trademark filing for the aforementioned Road Rover nameplate, brought to our attention by our colleagues at AutoExpress.

Our wildest imaginations picture a high-riding all-wheel-drive wagon to compete against the Audi A6 Allroad and Volvo V90 Cross Country. Or even a rugged sedan.

What makes the speculations even more appetising is the rumoured non-conventional power-train.

According to Autocar, the Road Rover will be powered by a dual-motor electric system, providing all-wheel-drive capabilities and a range of approximately 300 miles (482 kilometres) at a single charge.

If all the information is correct, the model could become the first-ever production all-electric Land Rover in history.

Of course, a trademark filing doesn’t necessarily mean a new model is already on the drawing board. Sometimes automakers patent potential nameplates just to keep them out of the hands of rival brands and trademark squatters.

That could very well be the case with the Road Rover name, but we will have to wait at least a couple of months to find out more.

Land Rover's partner Jaguar has a number of patented names it could potentially use in the future. These include the J-Type, J-Pace, and C-Pace monikers, with the first of the three rumoured to be given to a new mid-engine sports car.

On the other hand, the C-Pace could be used for a niche coupe-SUV model based on the F-Pace.

As far as Land Rover’s model range is concerned, the Road Rover is rumoured to arrive not before 2020, and about a year later the next-generation Range Rover will make its official debut riding on the new Modular Longitudinal Architecture.


https://www.motor1.com/news/258546/road-rover-trademark-filling-report/
 
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Jaguar Land Rover's survival bid: five new cars in two years - Autocar

New Defender, Mk5 Range Rover, Road Rover, J-Pace and electric XJ are all on the cards

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has embarked on a two-year programme of new vehicle launches and massive industrial investments designed to transform the company’s financial fortunes and put it on a long-term, stable footing.

As well as three entirely new model lines – the new Defender family, the luxury Jaguar J-Pace SUV and a new Range Rover crossover – JLR engineers are replacing the XJ with an electric super-saloon next year and creating a new version of the evergreen Range Rover by 2022.

All of these new models will be built on JLR’s brand-new ‘flex’ MLA architecture, which offers mild- and plug-in hybrid drivetrains as well as a pure-electric option.

Although JLR’s rocketing sales went into reverse in 2018 and 2019, it is still heading for 700,000-plus units annually. That means it could lose its current derogation from onerous EU fleet CO2 rules.

If it needs to meet the 2025 targets, JLR can leverage plug-in hybrids. But more fuel-efficient low-roof models will also be needed, which is where the ‘Road Rover’ comes in.

The fourth MLA car, it is said to be a crossover, offering luxury on-road behaviour and more off-capability than rivals.

It’s likely to be the first pure-electric Range Rover.



Read the full article at the link below:

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/industry/jaguar-land-rovers-survival-bid-five-new-cars-two-years
 

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Have to honest I feel "Road Rover" sounds like a bad Chinese copy of Range Rover.
 
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