Range Rover 2022 unveiled, a pure EV on the way
FIFTY-ONE years after the debut of the original Range Rover, arguably the genesis of the burgeoning luxury SUV category, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has set sail on its all-new, fifth-generation Range Rover – one that will take the brand in the world of full electrification.
It took a long time to arrive. Range Rover’s namesake flagship model typically operates at a slower lifecycle rate than your typical car or SUV, and it’s been nine years since the fourth-gen Range Rover first broke coverage. However, while the fourth generation broke new ground by switching to an all-alloy platform and introducing a diesel-electric powertrain, its replacement is even more forward-looking.
Traditionalists will appreciate that designers haven’t strayed too far from the established Range Rover design pattern. In fact, they barely deviated from the basic proportions and styling lines. Besides the rear fascia (which sports a cool blackout tail light graphic with vertical LEDs flanking a wide split tailgate), the difference is in the details.
The flush glass smoothly merges with the sheet metal of the doors and roof, improving aerodynamic performance and providing a more elegant look, while the cut lines have been tightened and features such as the corners drawn from the headlight blocks have been added. cut and cared for. The side gill pattern remains, but it’s now basically contiguous to the front doors, while the door handles retract flush with the door linings at the Range Rover Velar.
While its exterior might, at a glance, seem very familiar, we assure you – there is hardly anything in the new Range Rover that is shared with the old one – or any current Rangie for that matter. Like its predecessor, it’s built on aluminum architecture, but this one is brand new – dubbed MLA-Flex by JLR, the fifth-generation Range Rover is the first vehicle to use it.
As before, short wheelbase and long wheelbase bodies are offered, with dimensional growth bringing the total length of the SWB variant to 5,052mm (up to 52mm) and the wheelbase to 2,997mm (up to 75mm). ). For the LWB, these dimensions inflate 52mm and 77mm to sit at 5252mm overall and 3197mm between axles.
The platform is designed to be more rigid and offer better protection, with up to 50% increase in structural rigidity compared to the previous model. Although still predominantly made of aluminum alloy, the MLA-Flex uses multiple high-strength steel hoops in the door frames and around the passenger cabin to provide greater survivability for those inside. .
This structural rigidity also pays dividends in terms of refinement. JLR claims that the new Range Rover transmits 24% less noise into the cabin, only from the structure. On top of that, high-tech solutions for NVH suppression, like active noise cancellation, help keep the Range Rover cabin quiet and serene, with four external microphones picking up ambient noise and the stereo system transmitting the sounds. phase opposite to the head restraint speakers to cancel them.
It’s not all electronic deception though. Cabin comfort is further enhanced by an ergonomic redesign, made easier by the MLA-Flex platform, with Range Rover designers keeping the same H-point (the point at which an occupant’s hips rest above the ground). ) than before, but putting the heels from the rear lower the passengers for better support under the thigh and adding 44mm more knee room. Vision from the driver’s seat also improves thanks to the neat shaping of the A-pillar and the addition of a quarter-light window in the doors to help see around the mirrors.
The new Range Rover’s instrument panel design retains the strong horizontal pattern of the fourth generation, but with a much larger curved glass center infotainment screen sitting atop a reduced ventilation control panel, and hovering away. dashboard rather than being inserted inside. Running JLR’s Pivi Pro infotainment system, the main screen measures 13.1 inches in diameter.
The fully electronic instrument cluster is also designed to resemble a floating window, measuring 13.7 inches corner-to-corner and offering high-definition graphics and driver-configurable layouts. Other infotainment highlights include built-in wifi hotspot, wireless device charging, wireless Apple CarPlay, wireless Android Auto, 8 inch rear seat touchscreen, eight USB ports (the rear USB-Cs can charge a laptop each) and a household power outlet.
In case the above isn’t enough to impress your neighbors, perhaps the Range Rover’s available power doors will do the trick. Able to open in three seconds and close either with the push of a button on the door itself or via the infotainment screen, the cooling factor is high. In case you were wondering, this is a $ 3,700 option in Australia.
The tailgate is another intriguing piece of functional design. With an optional ‘Tailgate Event Suites’ package, the folding trunk floor divider can form a backrest, essentially transforming the tailgate into a rear-facing bench seat. The option goes one step further by adding lights and speakers in the tailgate, as well as a set of cup holders. You want it ? It’s $ 2,400 on SE and HSE variants, $ 900 for autobiographies and standard on the first edition.
But what may interest potential Range Rover buyers the most is the news that there is now a third row option. Available in long wheelbase variants, the third row adds two additional seats behind the second row, which electrically fold up flush with the trunk floor and, when extended, provide enough room for an adult of six. feet can sit behind another six-foot adult. Face-level air vents, charging ports, and sizable side windows should provide respectable comfort to those in the third row.
In Australia, this third-row option will only be available on the Range Rover Autobiography LWB 7-passenger with the D350 inline 3.0-liter diesel or the P530 4.4-liter gasoline V8, priced at $ 286,600 and $ 304,700 respectively.
And speaking of powertrains, four will initially be offered in Australia when order books open on October 28 – a 221 kW / 650 Nm 3.0-liter inline-six diesel for the upgraded D300. of this engine with 258 kW / 700 Nm for the D350, a 3.0-liter turbo petrol inline six of 294 kW / 550 Nm for the P400 and the twin-turbo petrol twin-turbo V8 of 390 kW / 750 Nm of the P530, which can reach 100 km / h in 4.6 seconds.
The range will expand on January 27 when a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant is added, pairing the 3.0-liter turbo petrol inline-six with an electric motor and underfloor battery to deliver 375 kW, 700 Nm. and a real electric motor. 80km range. The high-end SV and SV Autobiography variants will also join the Range Rover family at the same time. In 2024, a fully electric Range Rover variant will be added, a first for the brand as the Land Rover Group (which incorporates Range Rover) moves towards an expected range of 60% zero emissions by 2030.
In Australia, the Range Rover lineup starts at $ 220,200 for the D300 SE, rising to $ 312,500 for the first edition P530. See below for the full price table. Deliveries of the D300, D350, P400 and P530 variants will begin in June 2022, with deliveries of the PHEV and SV variants scheduled for the second half of next year, with pricing also to be confirmed.
Land Rover Range Rover 2022 prices *:
|SE D300 (a)||$ 220,200|
|SE P400 (a)||$ 225,500|
|HSE D350 (a)||$ 241,400|
|HSE P530 (a)||$ 259,500|
|Autobiography D350 (a)||$ 279,600|
|Autobiography P530 (a)||$ 297,600|
|Autobiography LWB D350 (a)||$ 285,100|
|Autobiography LWB P530 (a)||$ 303,100|
|Autobiography LWB 7 places D350 (a)||$ 286,600|
|Autobiography LWB 7 places P530 (a)||$ 304,700|
|First edition D350 (a)||$ 298,800|
|First edition P530 (a)||$ 312,500|
* The price excludes road charges.