nothing
Cart Summary

0 items in your cart

Your cart is empty.

Subtotal: $0.00

CHECKOUT NOW

COVID-19 - We're in this together. UPDATE: We're open and taking orders. New curbside pickup available. Read More
Search Shopping Cart
Atlantic British Logo

800-533-2210

We're available now! Or Email Us

Sign in to my account

I forgot my password. Checkout as a Guest

First Fifth-Generation Range Rover Mules Hit the Road

  • Greg Fitzgerald
  • Jun 18, 2019

Mark 5 Range Rover Mule Spy Shot

 

As development on the new Defender wraps up, it's almost time to move on to waiting for the next iconic Land Rover to be reinvented: the fifth-generation Range Rover, due in 2021. The first mules, wearing the bodies of current-generation Range Rovers, are now driving around England.

The new full-size Rangie is expected to be significantly more evolutionary than any of the prior redesigns, all of which have been heavily reworked while still being a Range Rover. The redesign’s ethos might be more in line with the new Range Rover Evoque, which is both clearly new and similar to the prior model.

Underneath, though, the Mark 5 Range Rover will be very different, adopting the Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA) that will underpin all Jaguar Land Rover vehicles eventually. MLA is a lightweight platform (even lighter than the current all-aluminum unibody Range Rover, itself significantly lighter than the third generation L322 Range Rover), which can easily handle the Ingenium inline engines and alternative drive trains that will power all JLR vehicles.

The new Range Rover will probably drop the base V6 for the inline-6 Ingenium engine, already available in the Range Rover Sport HST edition. Top-line models will still need a powerful V8, however, and the Ford-produced AJ V8 engines that have powered Land Rovers for years are going away. The BMW V8 is a possible replacement, and offers tuneability for premium versions. Of course, there will be electric models, and over the vehicle's lifespan alternative power will probably take on more and more prominence in the model line.

The new vehicle also rests on a longer wheelbase, and the current-generation bodywork of the mule is cut up at the back to accommodate this. This mule looks like the short wheelbase version, which suggests it's likely the long wheelbase will get longer still in the next generation. There's a new exhaust too, with a wide muffler and stubby downpipes that are similar to what we've seen on the new Defender mules.

 

Mark 5 Range Rover Mule Spy Shot

 

Since the fourth generation Range Rover came out in 2012, the luxury 4x4 scene has changed dramatically. In Britain, the Rolls Royce Cullinan and Bentley Bentayga have already challenged the Range Rover’s Land of Hope and Glory mystique at higher price points. Aston Martin is coming out with their first SUV, the DBX. The Lamborghini Urus and Maserati Levante are new offerings from Italy, and in Germany, the BMW X7 and Audi Q8 offer competition as new models at the top of their ranges. Mercedes Benz also has a new G-Wagen, which will compete with both the Range Rover and upmarket new Defenders. Thus, even though the Range Rover has an almost 50-year head start on all of these vehicles as the be all and end all luxury SUV, it risks getting lost in the fray if it does not move even further upmarket.

The new Range Rover is just as critical a vehicle for Land Rover as the new Defender. They have to get it right -- it's a massive sales success and accounts for a lot of the company's revenue between the sales numbers and sales prices. Reinventing an icon that's already been heavily redesigned three times to great success is not as daunting a task as redesigning the largely untouched Defender, but it's still got to be done right. After all, it's going to be the favorite for everyone from Her Majesty The Queen to upper-class suburbanites.


  • Written By
  • Greg Fitzgerald
  • Adventure addict. '90s Land Rover daily driver. Historic preservationist. Personal vehicles: 1994 Discovery I, 1994 Range Rover Classic, 1961 Series II.
Select a Category
Select Vehicle Select Your Vehicle

What Our Customers Are Saying

Shipping is excellent !!The parts are always the correct parts,

Thomas A.
Quincy, MA

7-12-20

Very helpful having the correct parts . Super fast shipping and packages with care. Thanks I will be buying all of my range rover parts from you

Lance C.
Duncansville, PA

7-12-20

excellent selection and very knowledgeable customer service

Nelson G.
foothill ranch, CA

7-10-20

You are the ultimate parts resource for Land Rovers in the US. Simple.

Lars J.
Rockaway Beach, NY

7-9-20

Found what I needed for a great price. Customer service rocks!

Josef V.
Norfolk, VA

7-9-20

Fast service and OEM products.

Shannon T.
Tullahoma, TN

7-8-20

Quality land rover products available that are not available anywhere else.

Cordell F.
Dunseith, ND

7-8-20

Good parts, good prices, good customer service!!

Billy M.
Marion, KY

7-7-20

Attractive pricing, quality parts, excellent service

Michael R.
Williamsport, PA

7-7-20

Great product selection, competitive prices and awesome how-to videos.

Timothy R.
Bluffton, SC

7-4-20

Reviews from our Customers...

  • FAST Shipping! Call these Folks they have all the answers to your part installation.

    -Bill M. (Boydton,VA)

    Great customer service, very knowledgeable staff. Everyone I have worked with are Land Rover owners- which is a big help for knowing the vehicles.

    You always have the parts I need at a great price and everyone Ive ever spoken to has a great knowledge of all Land Rovers

    -Keith B. (Blue Ridge,VA)

    Professionalism. My sales rep is a rock star, and I value both his technical expertise and his knowledge of your product line.

    -Alan R. (N. Chelmsford,MA)

  • FAST Shipping! Call these Folks they have all the answers to your part installation.

    -Bill M. (Boydton,VA)

    Great customer service, very knowledgeable staff. Everyone I have worked with are Land Rover owners- which is a big help for knowing the vehicles.

    You always have the parts I need at a great price and everyone Ive ever spoken to has a great knowledge of all Land Rovers

    -Keith B. (Blue Ridge,VA)

    Professionalism. My sales rep is a rock star, and I value both his technical expertise and his knowledge of your product line.

    -Alan R. (N. Chelmsford,MA)

  • You always have the parts I need at a great price and everyone Ive ever spoken to has a great knowledge of all Land Rovers

    -Keith B. (Blue Ridge,VA)

  • Professionalism. My sales rep is a rock star, and I value both his technical expertise and his knowledge of your product line.

    -Alan R. (N. Chelmsford,MA)

SIGN UP for Exclusive Offers and Latest Deals

Ask a Question

Thank You!

Your message was successfully sent to Atlantic British!

Our Customer Service Team will address your request shortly.

How Can We Help You?

Please fill out the form and a Rover Parts Specialist will email you back shortly

Notify me when item number is back in stock!

Select Vehicle Select Your Vehicle

To ensure parts fit your vehicle, please select your rover below.



Get 10% Off Your First Purchase!*

Become Part Of The Atlantic British Family!

Sign up now for email product specials and news from Atlantic British and RoverParts.com!

*10% Off Discount Only Available To New Subscribers