A pure-electric version will join the lineup in 2024
Land Rover has unveiled the 5th generation of the full-size Range Rover, scheduled to go on sale later in 2022 with a starting price tag of £94,400 in the UK. While there’ll be mild-hybrid powertrains on offer at launch, two PHEV variants will join the lineup in 2023 and a pure-electric version will be ready by 2024. And, one of the highlights of the new Range Rover is that during its development process, Land Rover claims to have filed no fewer than 125 patents covering everything from its chassis technologies to PHEV battery.
The new Range Rover is built on a new MLA-Flex architecture that enables both Standard and Long Wheelbase bodystyles with 4-, 5- or 7-seat configurations. The new architecture is also claimed to deliver, among other things, a “serene cabin calmness”. As for the styling, I think it pretty much speaks for itself; it’s a clean styling with reduced lines—so much so that the new Range Rover looks like a concept vehicle from certain angles. The front fascia and side profile are very much recognizable as a Range Rover, but the rear-end is where things get pretty interesting. There’s a black panel in the middle of the tailgate with a large Range Rover branding. And in case you’re wondering where the lights are, well, the turn signals are “hidden” in that horizontal black panel, and so are the taillights in those vertical blacked-out panels.
Other exterior features include Digital LED headlights with a throw of up to 500 metres, and Adaptive Front Lighting technology to ensure that the other road users are not dazzled. The two-piece split tailgate that has been a Range Rover hallmark since 1970 is also updated for 2021. All-wheel steering is standard across the lineup. The new Range Rover is also the first Land Rover to feature the optional Power Assisted Doors with integrated hazard detection and anti-pinch safety systems. The doors can also be controlled via the Pivi Pro screen—for what is claimed to be “elegant entry and exit” in any situation, including at angles of up to 10 degrees while off-roading.
The new luxury SUV will be available in SE, HSE and Autobiography trims. A First Edition—based on the Autobiography, will be available throughout the first year of production. It will be exclusively available in a Sunset Gold Satin finish, among a choice of five exterior colors.
Air suspension comes standard, of course. There’ll also be the active 48-volt electronic roll control system that is claimed to be faster-acting and more efficient than a hydraulic set-up, with a torque capacity of up to 1,400 Nm (1,033 lb-ft) fed into the anti-roll bars to keep body movements under control.
The cabin layout looks just as clean as the exterior. Technologies include a 13.1-inch curved touchscreen that convincingly appears to float over the dashboard; a 13.7-inch driver display; Amazon Alexa integration; a new Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) system with two adjustable 11.4-inch HD touchscreens; an 8-inch touchscreen controller mounted in the centre armrest of Executive Class Rear Seats; a 35-speaker 1,600-watt Meridian Signature Sound System; 3rd-gen Active Noise Cancellation system; and PM2.5 Cabin Air Filtration. The SV Signature Suite option on LWB models feature 24-way adjustable rear seats with massage functionality. More photos here.
Moving on to the juicy bits of the story then, the powertrain options start with a 3.0-litre straight-six Ingenium diesel engine—available in D250 (183 kW/249 metric hp), D300 (221 kW/300 metric hp) and D350 (258 kW/351 metric hp) guises, all combined with a mild-hybrid system. A 3.0-litre straight-six Ingenium petrol engine is also available in P360 (265 kW/360 metric hp) and P400 (294 kW/400 metric hp) guises; both combined with a mild-hybrid system.
For those who want more, there’s the P530 that packs a BMW-sourced 4.4L twin-turbo V8 with 390 kW (530 metric hp) and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque.
For those looking for PHEV options, the new Range Rover will offer P440e (324 kW/440 metric hp) and P510e (375 kW/510 metric hp) options. The powertrain is a combination of a 3.0-litre straight-six Ingenium petrol engine and a 105 kW (143 metric hp) electric motor integrated with the transmission. The lithium-ion battery pack is of a fairly large 38.2 kWh capacity (31.8 kWh usable), estimated to deliver a pure-electric range of up to 100 km (62 mi). And, thanks to instantaneous electric torque, the P510e is claimed to sprint from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.6 seconds, should you fancy doing such things in a full-size 4×4 SUV.