50 years in the making, the all-new Range Rover pushes the boundaries of SUV capabilities.
If you want a luxury SUV with legendary status and genuine off-road capability, there aren't many options better equipped for the job than the Range Rover. Teased last week, the all-new generation of Land Rover's iconic SUV has finally been fully revealed with electrified powertrains, a stunning interior, and a fresh exterior. There's a lot to unpack with this fifth-generation model so we'll start outside and work our way in.
The company has retained design cues like the falling roofline, rising sill line, and short front overhang, but the latest SUV's detailing is cleaner and more minimalist than its ever been. The most controversial aspect is likely to be the Range Rover's rear design. At the back, the vertical taillight clusters are little more than thin strips. They are connected to a horizontal black panel that proudly displays the Range Rover name in massive lettering.
It's more familiar from the front, but everything has been sharpened up. Land Rover wanted the SUV to look like it's been "milled from solid" and they seem to have pulled this off with flush glazing, meticulous detailing, and hidden-until-lit lighting. Both Standard (SWB) and Long Wheelbase (LWB) versions of the Range Rover will be available. For the first time, the LWB model offers space for up to seven occupants with its extra third row.
As expected, the interior is impeccably finished and equipped with the latest technologies. From the 2022 model year, power-assisted doors will be available, a first for any Land Rover vehicle. The latest Pivi Pro infotainment system makes use of a beautiful 13.1-inch curved touchscreen, in addition to a 13.7-inch interactive driver display. Another Land Rover first is the addition of haptic feedback for the central touchscreen, improving user-friendliness.
Over-the-air software updates are possible for over 70 electronic modules, and this is enabled by the brand's latest Electrical Vehicle Architecture. A 1,600W Meridian Signature sound system is standard on Autobiography and First Edition models, and it comes with 35 speakers to completely immerse occupants in whatever audio is being played. SiriusXM 360L debuts on the 2022 Range Rover, and the SUV also comes with wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and compatibility with Amazon Alexa.
Taking a page out of Rolls-Royce's book, Land Rover provides the option of a Tailgate Event Suite at the back. This adds tailored leather cushions and additional lighting, providing the perfect vantage point for taking in the sunset. Do you really need that Rolls-Royce Cullinan?
On LWB models, a new SV Signature Suite option for LWB models adds 24-way massaging seats and even an electrically deployable Club Table that rises from the center console. Again, it reminds distinctly of Rolls-Royce-like excess.
The materials are spectacular in general, with Land Rover using near-aniline leather, mosaic marquetry, plated metals, and sustainable non-leather Ultrafabrics.
Under the skin, the new Range Rover has been thoroughly reworked. It rides on the flexible Modular Longitudinal Architecture or MLA-Flex. Land Rover says this platform not only enhances driving dynamics but contributes to this being one of the quietest vehicles on the road.
All-wheel steering is standard on every model, giving this large SUV the smallest turning circle of any Land Rover SUV at 36 feet. Chassis Control is a single control system that pre-emptively finetunes the driving characteristics depending on conditions. Fully independent air suspension provides a serene ride, and the intelligent all-wheel-drive system provides superb traction in both on- and off-road environments by distributing torque between the front and rear axles, as well as across the rear axle.
This is the first Land Rover with Dynamic Response Pro, an active 48-volt electronic roll control system. It's a lot faster than a hydraulic system and has a torque capacity of over 1,000 lb-ft that's fed into the rollover protection system, thereby expertly managing the body movements of the big vehicle.
The new Ranger Rover will have a wide range of powerplants with electrification featuring prominently, although not all of these powertrains will be available immediately. For now, the range begins with the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six with mild-hybrid technology. It produces 395 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque.
Above this is the 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 with a brawny 523 hp and 553 lb-ft. The top Autobiography and First Edition trims can only be paired with the V8, which can get the SUV to 60 mph in as little as 4.4 seconds.
More significant is that for the 2023 model year, a new extended-range plug-in hybrid model will be offered. It will pair the inline six-cylinder Ingenium engine with a 38.2-kWh lithium-ion battery and a 141-hp electric motor. It will have a total output of 434 hp and a pure-electric range of 62 miles, which is better than many PHEVs on the market.
After that, even more innovation awaits. In 2024, the first-ever pure-electric Range Rover will join the family. Land Rover hasn't gone into more detail about this model's specifications, but we expect it to be even more potent than the PHEV.
"The new Range Rover is a superb manifestation of our vision to create the world's most desirable luxury vehicles for the most discerning customers," said Thierry Bollore, Jaguar Land Rover CEO. "It writes the next chapter in the unique story of pioneering innovation that has been a Range Rover hallmark for more than 50 years."
In the US, the lineup begins with the SE at $104,000, increasing to $110,000 for the SE in LWB seven-seater guise. The Autobiography starts at $152,000 and the First Edition begins at $158,200. The First Edition will be available in the first year of production and uniquely comes with a Sunset Gold Satin finish.
For the 2023 model year, a new SV model offering extensive customization from the company's Special Vehicle Operations department will arrive. One of those options is an ultra-luxury four-seat layout. As mentioned, this is also when the PHEV arrives, ahead of the fully electric model in 2024.
Deliveries of the Range Rover will begin in spring 2022.