2021 Range Rover: what we know so far

All-new Range Rover luxury SUV will feature electrified engines and new styling – here's everything you need to know...

2021 Range Rover rendering

The original Range Rover revolutionised the way we viewed off-roaders when it was launched just over 50 years ago. It combined potent engines, a refined ride and a plush interior with genuine mud-plugging ability, becoming popular with farmers and royalty alike in the process. Like the first, the all-new, fifth-generation Range Rover will be able to cross continents and climb mountains while keeping its occupants in the lap of luxury

The new model will retain the tall, boxy shape of its predecessors and retains the trademark deep, wide grille at the front and split tailgate at the rear. Modern styling touches will include slim headlights, similar to those of the Range Rover Velar, and stacked rear lights like those of the recently launched Defender.  

While its outward appearance won't change heavily, though, underneath the new Range Rover will represent a big leap forward in terms of technology. For starters, the car sits on new underpinnings which should be stronger and lighter than those of today's car. Most versions will also come with a new rear-wheel steering system designed to make the car easier to manoeuvre around town.

2021 Range Rover prototype

2021 Range Rover engines

The new Range Rover will still be offered with conventional petrol and diesel engines, but most of these will include mild hybrid electrification that's designed to both reduce CO2 emissions and increase fuel economy. There will also be multiple plug-in hybrid versions. Today's P400e, which has an electric driving range of 31 miles, will be carried over, but will be joined by a new offering that can travel at least 50 miles without using a drop of fuel. The range will be topped by versions powered by a 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine.

A pure electric version of the car is also under consideration, but it’s not clear if this will go on sale in the UK, especially since Land Rover plans to launch its first bespoke electric car, the Road Rover, in 2022.

Prototype versions of the new Range Rover have been seen testing alongside rivals including the Mercedes-Maybach GLS and BMW X7 luxury SUVs, while other key rivals for the new Range Rover include our reigning Luxury SUV of the Year, the Audi Q7. As currently, the new Range Rover will be sold in both normal and long-wheelbase forms.

Land Rover Defender touchscreen

2021 Range Rover interior

On the inside, the Range Rover will use the same infotainment system already seen in the Defender. Called Pivi Pro, it has a 10.0in touchscreen, wi-fi, secure vehicle tracking and the ability to perform over-the-air software updates, which enable new features to be unlocked without having to visit a dealer. Digital instruments will be standard.

Buyers can expect to find at least the same amount of passenger and boot space as in today's car, as well as Land Rover's latest driver assistance technology and safety systems. This is likely to include a semi-autonomous setup which, at the very least, will be able to keep the Range Rover in its own lane on the motorway while also taking care of the car's acceleration and braking.

2021 Range Rover prototype rear

2021 Range Rover price

Today's Range Rover starts from £83,465, which already makes it more expensive than most rivals. We'd expect the new model's starting price to rise slightly, to around £85,000.

Just like today's line-up, a slightly smaller and cheaper Range Rover Sport is expected to arrive soon after the regular Range Rover goes on sale. It will continue to offer seven seats, and will make use of the same underpinnings and engines as its larger sibling.

The new Range Rover is going up against some formidable rivals, but will it earn a place among our favourite luxury SUVs? If you click the link through to the next story, you can see our current class favourites and find out if the Range Rover ranks among them.

The new Range Rover is one of 14 cars in contention for the 2021 What Car? Reader Award, which will go to the upcoming model that people are most excited about. You can cast your vote here.

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