Well, the new Range Rover is here. And for today only we will put aside our differences with Land Rover UK PR and take the time to celebrate the new Range Rover. All hail the new Range Rover, 50 years of evolution, and on this day it has never looked better. The exterior styling changes are subtle but significant, evolutionary yet conveying that Range Rover design language. It is a magnificent achievement to keep something so familiar looking so new, so modern, and with the times. The new Range Rover appears to offer an ultra-luxury experience rivaling that of the Rolls Royce Cullinan but with a more ‘affordable’ (if one can use such a term) entry-level price of £94K. But where is the all-electric Range Rover? Why has it not been released now? Why do customers have to wait until 2024? What does this say about Land Rover’s continued stalling of electric powertrains? These questions can be answered later, for now, we celebrate this four-lions, Indian-owned British icon.
The new Range Rover will be offered with standard and long-wheelbase variants. To the casual observer, the exterior may look the same as the previous version but it is new from the ground up. The body/chassis is stiffer and this will have real-world benefits of making the entire vehicle handle better whilst offering improved ride comfort.
A suite of mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains – plus a choice of four, five or seven-seat interiors is available across Standard and Long Wheelbase body designs. Integrated Chassis Control with Dynamic Response Pro provides supreme ride comfort using Electronic Air Suspension that primes the vehicle for corners using eHorizon data. Standard All-Wheel Steering combines high-speed stability with improved low-speed maneuverability – and a turning circle of less than 11m4
The New Range Rover incorporates a 13.1-inch curved, ‘floating’ smartphone-inspired touchscreen where all the major vehicle functions are located, with easy access to physical switches for the climate control. Rear passengers are entertained with a new Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) system, which provides adjustable 11.4-inch HD touchscreens mounted on the rear of the front seatbacks.
The New Range Rover is also the first Land Rover to feature Dynamic Response Pro. The 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.
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 six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines feature the latest 48-volt MHEV technology which harvests energy usually lost under deceleration and braking to boost fuel efficiency and includes a choice of new Extended Range Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) powertrains with a real-world electric range of upto 35 miles.
The New Range Rover is available to order now with first customer deliveries expected in 2022.