Testing of the fifth-generation Range Rover is well underway for its launch next year, despite the coronavirus pandemic.

The next-generation flagship Land Rover, which is set to go on sale in the UK at the end of 2021, will be an all-new model, and is expected to focus on hybrid technology. An electric model also under consideration.

The testing will also see work continuing on a long-awaited replacement for the Jaguar XJ saloon – also planned for launch next year. This is expected to feature new hybrid technology as well, while an EV model has already been confirmed.

The Range Rover was spied cold weather testing by Autocar magazine, which reports that there will be “no let-up in the development of the Range Rover”. Hot weather testing is set to start in the coming weeks, too.

It’s been 50 years since the Range Rover was first launched, and it’s since spawned several sub-brands including the Evoque, Velar and Range Rover Sport.

The coronavirus crisis not only brought a halt to production at factories around the world, but it also led to the postponement of the international launch of the new Defender which was set to go ahead at Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire in the UK. However, the press vehicles that were set to be used on the launch were offered to emergency services staff within the NHS and British Red Cross.

Last week, Jaguar Land Rover announced plans to gradually resume production from next month.