Land Rover has various designations for their different models, not sure if they’re technically code names or just alternate ways to reference the vehicles.
Here are a few of the current models:
L316 – Defender
L319 – LR3 & LR4 – Discovery 3/4
L320 – Range Rover Sport
L359 – LR2 – Freelander 2
L538 – Range Rover Evoque
L405 – Possible code for the next Range Rover
And back to the point of the post, the L486, it’s been referenced in the press since 2008 or so and has been described by them as a 7-seater Freelander, possibly to be called the Ventura. I take anything from the press with a grain of salt, but since 2008, it hasn’t really been brought up again.
I wrote about it back in April after finding some of the designers who worked on the project.
And just thought with the LA Auto show going on and Land Rover PR running at full steam, anyone who has a chance should start asking the LR PR people for comments for reactions. Or if you have any info, send it over.
Quick reference back to my article from April, here’s the info, a small reference to the L486 along with the L538, which would become the Range Rover Evoque:
This person has done a lot of work for Aston Martin & Bentley – they list the specific items. The latest project is listed below:
WARWICKSHIRE (Oct 2007 & ongoing)
CAD ENGINEER – EXTERIOR TRIM – CATIA V5
LANDROVER L538 / L486
Initial design and feasibility studies for the following components: door claddings, rear spoiler, rear finisher, front and rear bumper cover, fender vents. Parametric modeling in Catia V5 to create fully modifiable master CAD models. Use of TCE to save and access data and create product structures. Liaison with styling, CAE and suppliers to mature designs.
Could the L486 be the 5-door Evoque?
And if you have some more current generation code names, please let me know.
One final item, you can see the alternate names in use all over the Land Rover website, below is a header graphic for the Range Rover Sport section, you can see the L320 in its filename: