In a few days, Land Rover will present the fifth generation of its flagship, the Range Rover. This iconic model will grow in size to mark distances with the smaller Range Rover Velar and Range Rover Sport, betting decisively on an even more luxurious approach to be able to face the Bentley Bentayga, BMW X7, and Mercedes-Benz GLS.
Although its debut will take place on October 26, the first images of the new model have already been leaked to the network, which will bet on a continuity aesthetic to keep alive the legacy of its illustrious predecessors. Its headlights will be thinner and its lines more minimalist, highlighting as the main change a few narrow vertical black lights that frame the gate.
In the cabin, the luxurious British SUV will bet on a clean design featuring a generously sized touch screen located in the center of the dashboard. In addition, for the first time in its more than fifty years of history, the Range Rover will be available with the third row of seats, which could point to its hypothetical gain in length.
However, most of the changes are found under the bodywork: the new 2022 Range Rover will sit on Jaguar Land Rover’s new MLA modular platform, an advanced multi-energy architecture designed to house thermal powertrains, mild- hybrids, plug-in hybrids … and 100% electric.
New Range Rover will use Jaguar Land Rover’s MLA platform
Yes, you read that correctly: the legendary Range Rover will have a zero-emissions variant in its range for the first time. Although initially, it will only be available as a plug-in hybrid (it is expected to double the autonomy in electric mode of the current Range Rover P400e), in 2024 a 100% electric model will be added that will have the task of facing the Lucid Gravity, Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV, Rivian R1S, and Tesla Model X.
This will not be the only model of the company to be electrified, as it is expected that in the short term the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport will also have derivatives of this type. The hypothetical transformation of the Discovery Sport, Discovery, Defender, and Range Rover Velar remains a mystery, although they may soon follow in the footsteps of their range brothers.
The electrification of Land Rover is one of the two pillars of Jaguar Land Rover’s restructuring plan. The other brand in the group, Jaguar, will completely abandon internal combustion engines in 2025. The leaders of the company intend to transform it into a luxury firm on the same level as Maserati and Porsche.