Our spy photographers have managed to catch the first images of the next-generation Range Rover. See the pictures inside.

Our spy photographers have managed to catch the first images of the next-generation Range Rover.

Seen in prototype form, the mule is wearing a current Range Rover body but there are wheel arch extensions and a slightly-recessed rear axle. This means we can expect a longer wheelbase and wider track, which should translate into a roomier cabin.

Underneath, the new sport-ute will ride on an aluminum chassis co-developed with Jaguar. Thanks to this change, the Range Rover could weigh up to 400 kg (881 lbs) less than the current model.

Engine options are expected to carryover but new additions are expected to include a 3.0-liter diesel and a hybridized 3.0-liter diesel. To improve fuel efficiency, there will be an engine start/stop system and an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.

The SUV will be unveiled in 2012, so stay tuned for continuing coverage.

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