Everything you need to know
(Pocket Ribbon) – Jaguar Land Rover took the covers off the new Range Rover in October 2021 and unveiled the latest take on its luxury SUV.
“Often imitated and never equaled,” said Massimo Frascella, design director at JLR, “Range Rover is unparalleled”.
The new model builds on 50 years of heritage and while it may look familiar, it’s all new, sitting on a new platform.
Known as MLA-Flex, the new platform forms the basis for the new Range Rover, promising 50 percent greater stiffness and 24 percent less structural noise.
It will be available in long wheelbase (LBW) and short wheelbase (SWB) options, with the LWB model enabling the Range Rover to offer seven seats for the first time.
From the outside, the Range Rover maintains a familiar shape – with that gently sloping roof, combined with the nearly horizontal shoulder and rising sill, leaving that glass house in the middle.
The whole now has a seamless quality, a reduction of some of the outward bustle for a sleeker look, aided by the recessed door handles. There are still details, such as the gills, but these all feel more integrated into the design.
From the front there is no major change, it is largely similar to the previous generation Range Rover with that big face, although there is a separation between light and dark areas in the design – the dark areas that were used to hide all the sensors.
There are also light and dark areas on the back, with the lights integrated invisibly into the dark areas in the design. Up close, when the lights are off you can’t see them, but they shine brilliantly through the dark finish when turned on – it’s an amazing effect.
As for the interior, Range Rover aims to present a more responsible spread and promote alternatives to traditional leather. Kvadrat is heavily used – also seen a lot on the Velar – while Ultrafabrics is an option that claims to have a much lower carbon footprint than leather – it feels great too.
Space is a key feature and one of the defining principles of the Range Rover, with that LWB option meaning the rear seats can offer really extended legroom, more like the business class cabin on an airplane – especially on the four seater SV ( special vehicles) version, where the center of the car offers a tray table, controls and of course a fridge and glasses for the champagne.
If you opt for the seven-seater, those rear seats will be 41mm higher than those in the front. The stadium seat effect means those in the back won’t feel like they’ve been pushed into the trunk because they can still see — and be seen.
You also don’t have to worry about heads blocking the rear-view mirror – because the digital mirror has a camera in one of the fins on top of the car, so you can always see what’s happening behind.
The tailgate opens to a large luggage compartment (when not filled with seats), with a capacity of some 1061 liters on the five-seat model. There’s still a split tailgate so you can drop the lower half down to form a platform like the original Range Rover, ideal for sitting on while donning your rugby boots.
An optional floor divider can be raised to separate large and small items in the boot, but has the added benefit of sliding back slightly to become the back of a rear seat – with cushions and a place to put your champagne flute. place.
The interior also benefits from Cabin Air Purification Pro, which filters the air, removes PM2.5 particles and filters bacteria and viruses from the air.
A technology update
There’s now a floating 13.1-inch display in the center of the car with haptic feedback for a more positive touch experience, and the foundation for the Pivi Pro system. It also integrates Amazon Alexa and enables voice control not only for Alexa’s normal abilities, but also for many of the car systems.
By integrated we mean you don’t need a smartphone for Alexa, it works in the car – you just need to log into your Amazon account and be connected to the internet for everything to work.
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are both supported wirelessly, as there’s a 15W wireless charger for your phone and plenty of in-car charging points to power devices.
Of course there is the option of additional 11.4-inch entertainment screens – with matching headsets – for the rear passengers, while the driver display is also digital.
There is active noise cancellation in the cabin, with a 35-speaker Meridian sound system, including speakers in the headrests.
Power and engine choices
There won’t be an all-electric version at launch – coming in 2024 – but there will be a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) promising 70 miles of range from battery. It is a whopping 38.2 kWh battery, with a 105 kW motor mated to a 3.0 liter Ingenium petrol engine. It was suggested at the original reveal that you would get 62 miles from it, but Land Rover has revised this figure upwards.
It gives you a combined power of 510 hp and 700 Nm – with speeds up to 140 mph, assisted by the electrical system on the top model alone.
With a big battery in it, 50kW charging will be welcome too, so you could do a lot of your ride without needing the petrol engine.
P440e, 3.0-litre six-cylinder, 620 Nm P510e, 510 hp 3.0-litre six-cylinder, 700 Nm, 0-62 in 5.6 s
P360, 360 hp 3.0-litre six-cylinder, MHEV, 500 Nm, 0-62 in 5.5 sP400, 400 hp 3.0-litre six-cylinder, MHEV, 550 NmP530, 530 hp 4.4-litre V8, 750 Nm torque, 0-62 in 4.6 s
D250, 249 hp 3.0-litre six-cylinder, MHEV, 600 Nm torque D300, 300 hp 3.0-litre six-cylinder, MHEV, 650 Nm torque D350, 350 hp 3.0-litre six-cylinder, MHEV, 700 Nm torque, 0 -62 in 6.1s
All models have an 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox.
The Range Rover retains its off-road prowess, with an intelligent four-wheel drive system that can deliver torque on demand or declutch the rear when not needed.
There’s rear-wheel steering to tighten up the turning circle, while independent adaptive air suspension can predict what’s coming up the road and ensure you have the stability you need whether you’re cornering fast on wet roads or venturing into the wilderness. In the Terrain Response 2 system there is now a Wade mode, which closes all vents before entering the water – with support for wading up to 900mm.
The Range Rover will be on the road in the UK in the spring of 2022 and with a not insignificant starting price of £94,400; the plug-in hybrid version costs from £103,485, with orders now open for all models.
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