Say hello to the brand new Range Rover - a facelifted SUV that’s been redesigned, beautified and electrified.
Yep, the UK’s most sought-after 4x4 now comes as a plug-in hybrid - alongside petrol and diesel engines with mild-hybrid tech - while the Range Rover has also been treated to a subtle, but effective, design overhaul.
What’s more, there’s an all-electric Range Rover accelerating into view, and which is now just around the corner…
As if all that wasn’t enough, the new 2022 Range Rover can also be had as a seven seater for the first time, thanks to a longer wheelbase variant, which makes it even more of a match for rivals like the BMW X7 and the Mercedes-Benz GLS.
The good people at Jaguar Land Rover point out that the luxury SUV has ‘led by example for 50 years’.
Prof Gerry McGovern OBE, Chief Creative Officer, adds:
“The New Range Rover is a vehicle with a peerless character, from the impeccable restraint of its exterior to the flawless tranquil sanctuary of its cabin. Informed by creative intellect and a desire for perfection, it doesn’t follow fashion or trend, but by a modernist design philosophy, combined with over 50 years of evolution, it is quite simply the most desirable Range Rover ever created.”
So let’s start with the revolutionary new powertrains.
A pure-electric model will join the family in 2024, bringing full-time zero tailpipe emissions driving to the Range Rover for the first time.
But for the time being lease customers can instead enjoy a pair of plug-in hybrids - the P440e and the more powerful P510e - as well as the latest mild-hybrid P400 Ingenium petrol and D300 and D350 diesel engines.
The PHEVs combine a 140 bhp electric motor with a 3.0 litre petrol engine. And you can expect 62 miles of ‘near silent’ pure electric driving from a charge. The P510e is particularly potent, accelerating from 0-62mph in 5.6 seconds.
The PHEVs also allow for a top speed of 87mph using battery power alone, meaning using the plug-in Range Rover as an EV should be perfectly possible. Meanwhile the use of advanced ‘eHorizon’ navigation data also allows the hybrid system to optimise energy usage across a journey.
If you still crave good old fashioned grunt, worry not. A new petrol ‘P530’ twin turbo V8 is also available, and promises to be 17 per cent more efficient than the previous Range Rover V8.
As for how the new Range Rover looks, the Jaguar Land Rover says the design provides, ‘breathtaking modernity, aesthetic grace and sophistication’, even if they do say so themselves.
With a drag coefficient of 0.30, it’s also the most aerodynamically efficient luxury SUV in the world, largely thanks to cutting-edge new ‘MLA-Flex’ aluminium body architecture.
Inside the sumptuously-appointed cabin you can expect to find additional new speakers in the headrests for an immersive sound experience, as well as noise cancelling tech. There’s a new ‘Cabin Air Purification Pro system designed to significantly reduce odours and viruses - including Covid-19 - floating around the interior.
The trademark electronic suspension has also been uprated to, essentially, be precognitive - reading the road ahead to prime the suspension for a perfect response.
A Land Rover spokesperson adds:
“The intelligent technology also works in conjunction with the Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist to smooth out body movements resulting from sudden changes in speed. Fully independent suspension underpins the luxurious ride and features Land Rover’s first ever five-link rear axle, which isolates the cabin from surface imperfections more effectively than ever using advanced air springs.”
There’s a stunning 13.1 inch curved glass infotainment screen, all the connectivity you’d ever need, as well as power-assisted doors - another new first. And another debut selling point is All-Wheel Steering - for better stability at high speeds and better manoeuvrability at low speeds.
The new Range Rover is also the first Land Rover to feature Dynamic Response Pro. The powerful new active 48-volt electronic roll control system is faster-acting and more efficient than a hydraulic set-up, with a torque capacity of up to 1,400Nm fed into the anti-roll bars to keep body movements under control.
Our Land Rover spokesperson explains:
“Fully independent air suspension isolates the cabin from surface imperfections more effectively than ever, for serene composure at all times. It combines industry-leading air springs volumes with twin-valve dampers – all managed by in-house-developed Adaptive Dynamics control software.”
The Range Rover should be as composed on the rough stuff as it has always been, too, courtesy of an Active Locking Rear Differential and Land Rover’s award-winning Terrain Response system, which harnesses the various chassis systems to automatically provide the perfect settings for the surroundings.
There’s also a new top dog in the Range Rover line-up - the hand-crafted new ‘SV’ model - which will ‘provide an exquisite interpretation of Range Rover luxury and personalisation, giving customers even more scope to create a truly individual vehicle with a choice of exclusive design themes, details and material choices from SV.’
The new Range Rover goes on sale in 2022.
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