2022 Range Rover revealed: price, specs, release date and video
All-new Range Rover promises to be greener and more practical, with a fully electric version and the option of seven seats for the first time...
On sale Spring 2022 | Price from £94,400
According to Land Rover, the new Range Rover isn’t the last evolution of the brand’s flagship as we’ve known it for the past 51 years, but the start of the next era. However, in reality it’s both of those things, because it will be both the last full-fat Range Rover to be offered with petrol and diesel engines, and the first to be sold as a fully electric car.
From the front, it’s easy to mistake it for its (admittedly handsome) predecessor. And while the flanks are less fussy than before – not least because the door handles now sit flush with the body until you unlock the car – we’re not exactly talking about a revolution. No, that’s reserved for the back, where the body cuts off dramatically and features tail-lights that are completely hidden behind a gloss black panel when not illuminated.
Existing customers needn’t worry, though, because the new car retains the handy split tailgate that has always been a popular part of the Range Rover recipe. This means the lower section folds down to make it easier to load heavy items or give you a platform to perch on.
The boot itself now features a handy divider that folds up from the floor to prevent smaller items of luggage from sliding around, and incorporates various restraining straps. Alternatively, you can order ‘Event Seating’; basically, two fold-out chairs that hang over the lower tailgate when it’s open and you’re parked up.
Like its predecessor, the new Range Rover is available in both standard and long-wheelbase forms. The latter stretches the car by 200mm between the front and rear axles, turning generous rear leg room into the sort of space you’d usually only find in the back of a hen-night limo.
Both versions can be specified with a three-person rear bench or two individually adjustable rear seats. Or, if you prefer, you can order the long-wheelbase Range Rover as a seven-seater – the first time this has been possible.
Don’t think that the third-row seats are just a token gesture, either, in the way that they are in the smaller Range Rover Sport. Anyone up to about 5ft 10in tall will fit without being at risk of deep vein thrombosis or messing up their hair on the rooflining. And you don’t need the flexibility of a gymnast to get back there in the first place, because the second-row seats fold well out of the way – electrically, naturally.
The quality of the materials also impresses, with pretty much every surface trimmed in wood, metal or leather. That is, of course, unless you specify the optional vegan interior, in which case the latter is swapped for ‘premium’ textiles; far from being a budget option, these actually cost more than having leather.
The one disappointment is that the centre console looks almost identical to the one in the Jaguar F-Pace. True, the Range Rover’s infotainment touchscreen is slightly bigger (13.1in versus 11.4in), and while the functionality is the same, that means it offers wireless smartphone mirroring, remote software updates and Amazon Alexa voice control. But given that the F-Pace costs from £40,675 – £53,725 less than the new Range Rover – we’d have expected to see a more significant difference.
Speaking of differences, the flagship SV version of the car not only ups the luxury further, but gives owners greater scope to personalise their cars. It even swaps the standard interior control knobs for unusual but tactile ceramic ones.
On the other hand, every new Range Rover comes with four-wheel steering to improve both low-speed manoeuvrability and high-speed stability. You also get something called Integrated Chassis Control, which is said to use navigation data to tailor the car to suit different road conditions, both priming it for corners and optimising the air suspension to maximise comfort the rest of the time.
Perhaps most significantly of all, though, Land Rover is promising a big step forward in refinement, thanks to a 24% reduction in the amount of noise being transmitted into the car via its structure, and an upgraded active noise cancellation system with five times the range of the old car’s.
Five engines will be available when UK deliveries begin next spring: 355bhp and 395bhp 3.0-litre petrols, which get a small amount of electrical assistance to improve fuel economy, plus 246bhp and 296bhp 3.0-litre diesels with the same sort of mild hybrid technology, and a conventional 523bhp 4.4-litre turbocharged petrol V8.
Shortly after launch, these will be joined by 434bhp and 503bhp plug-in hybrids, which combine the 3.0-litre petrol engine with an electric motor and a 38.2kWh battery. The result is up to 64 miles of zero-emissions running, while a recharge takes as little as 60 minutes, thanks to a 50kW maximum charging speed.
Finally, in 2024 the fully electric model will arrive, although specifications for this are still to be revealed.
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