Land Rover Debuts All-New Range Rover, Announces PHEV and EV Versions

Land Rover has unveiled the next generation of its flagship Range Rover SUV, which it plans to offer in plug-in hybrid and all-electric versions, the latter in 2024. (Land Rover)

Land Rover introduced the all-new 2022 Range Rover, only the fifth iteration in its more than half-century of existence of transporting royalty, celebrities, criminals, and the otherwise well-heeled. Along with the regal bearing, design, and technology that one would come to expect from Land Rover’s flagship SUV came the announcement that there will soon be a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and an all-electric version of the sport-utility.

Available in standard and long-wheelbase form that’s 8 inches longer, allowing for comfortable third-row seating, the new Range Rover will be equipped with either a turbocharged, 395-horsepower 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine with mild hybrid technology or a twin-turbocharged, 523-hp V8 that can travel from zero to 60 mph in a claimed 4.4 seconds. Three trim levels avail themselves upon the 2022 Range Rover’s launch: SE, Autobiography, and First Edition. Starting price is $105,350 (including $1,360 destination).

Standard features include all-wheel steering, which enhances turn-in and provides a tight turning circle of only 36 feet in diameter on the regular-wheelbase variant, as well as a sophisticated suspension system that uses GPS and navigational data to prep the suspension for maximum handling performance. The infotainment system uses Land Rover’s Pivi Pro interface on its 13.1-inch curved screen, while the driver has a 13.7-inch digital gauge cluster to convey pertinent information.

But aside from the finery that befits the noble steed, Land Rover also announced that a plug-in hybrid model will debut for 2023 with a 38.2-kWh lithium-ion battery powering a 104-kW electric motor that provides 62 miles of all-electric range. Land Rover says the new Range Rover PHEV, which has a total horsepower output of 434 hp, can drive up to 87 mph on electricity alone. In addition, a Range Rover electric SUV will join the family in 2024.

While its corporate sibling, Jaguar, has released plans to go all-electric by 2025, Land Rover plans for a slower rollout and targets 2036. Back in May, a Land Rover spokesperson stated that the Land Rover brand will host two-model architectures featuring flexibility for internal combustion engines, hybrid, and all-electric vehicles and will introduce six hybrid and/or EVs in the next five years.

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