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LAND ROVER: All-new Range Rover makes global debut Hero

LAND ROVER: All-new Range Rover makes global debut

Land Rover has unveiled its new fifth-generation Range Rover. For its 2022 model year, the latest iteration of the brand’s iconic luxury SUV has an all-new design, an array of new engines including a pair of plug-in hybrids, a raft of upgraded technology and, for the first time, the option of a third row of seating.

The new Range Rover line-up starts from £94,400 and is available to order now with first deliveries expected in the first quarter of next year.

Underneath the visual, the new Range Rover rides on an entirely new ‘MLA-Flex’ platform that can accommodate an array of conventional petrol and diesel engines, plus a fully electric powertrain which Land Rover has already confirmed will arrived in 2024.

The new smooth design features fewer joins and lines in the bodywork. This is particularly noticeable at the rear of the car where the now vertical tail lights merge with a full-width black panel across the iconic split tailgate design.

Buyers will be able to personalise their new Range Rover with a choice of two special SV design themes. ‘SV Serenity’ adds a metal-plated front grille, bronze exterior accents and matching coloured ‘Range Rover’ badging, plus an array of lighter two-tone interior trim choices.

Alternatively, the ‘SV Intrepid’ theme adds a sportier exterior look with Anthracite trim pieces along with a range of darker interior trim finishes. Both SV themes add ceramic exterior badges and matching ceramic trim inside, including the gear selector and rotary control dials.

Additionally, buyers can also opt for the ‘SV Signature Suite’, adding a raised centre console to the four-seat model. This houses a retractable table in the centre and a drinks fridge and crystal champagne glasses in the middle of the two rear seats.

Inside, the new Range Rover has adopted all of the brand's latest technology with an updated dashboard design housing a new curved 13-inch Pivi Pro information/entertainment touchscreen. It features a simplified menu system with around 90 per cent of functions accessible within two clicks of the home screen. Connectivity has also been improved with over-the-air-software updates and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The system also offers integration for both Spotify and Amazon Alexa.

A new 13.7-inch digital dial cluster also makes its debut and buyers can specify a pair of additional 11.4-inch touchscreens for rear passengers. To keep electronic devices topped on the move, wireless charging, USB C charging ports and a 230v three-pin plug socket are dotted around the interior. Active noise cancellation again features but now has five times the range of previous systems helping to filter out extraneous noise from coming into the cabin.

The biggest change to the new model is the introduction of a seven-seat option for the first time. In standard-wheelbase guise, there’s a choice of five seats or a four-seat executive layout with individual rear furniture. In addition, the extended long-wheelbase Range Rover can be ordered with four-seats, or with six- or seven-seat configurations when ordered with the third row of seats.

The new Range Rover is the first JLR model to ride on the new MLA-Flex platform. It makes the car up to 50 per cent more rigid than the old model and also incorporates Land Rover’s Dynamic Response Pro 48v active anti-roll technology, which reduces body lean during cornering for improved handling and stability.

All-wheel steering is standard and is capable of turning the rear wheels up to seven degrees at low speed, affording a useful 10.95-metre turning circle.

In terms of powertrains, the notable change is a pair of new plug-in hybrid engines. The PHEV line-up starts with the P440e, which combines a turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six petrol engine with a 38.2kWh battery and an electric motor to produce 434bhp. Above this, the P510e uses a more powerful version of the same petrol unit and electric motor, pushing power to 503bhp. The latter is capable of 0-62mph in a brisk 5.7 seconds and all PHEV models can manage the national speed limit in electric-only driving mode.

Claimed real-world range for both PHEV models when fully charged is around 50 miles. Fuel economy and CO2 emissions are yet to be confirmed, but the brand says the PHEV powertrains will emit less than 30g/km and will feature regenerative braking to help top up the battery on the move. The PHEVs have 50kW rapid charging capability as standard, with an 80 per cent top-up taking less than an hour. Charging via a home wallbox takes around five hours.

The regular P400 petrol engine gets mild-hybrid assistance technology and is powered by a 3.0-litre, 394bhp unit which returns up to 29.7mpg and emits 215g/km of CO2. The flagship P530 model gets a 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine producing 523bhp.

A pair of diesel engines will also be available with the D300 powered by a 296bhp 3.0-litre straight six. The D350 uses the same engine, but produces 345bhp. Economy for both engines is rated at up to 37.2mpg, with CO2 emissions starting from 198g/km.

Every version gets an eight-speed automatic gearbox with the new Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system that can disengage the front wheels between 21mph and 100mph, to help improve efficiency.

In line with previous generations, the latest Range Rover is equipped with a vast amount of technology to boost its off-road ability. The gearbox has low-range capability, which is complemented by six driving modes and Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 system to ensure the new car can cover a wide variety of terrains. Once again, it gets a Wade Mode which raises the suspension allowing you to drive through water up to 900mm deep, along with 510mm of wheel travel to help the car over rough surfaces.

At launch, the new Range Rover is offered in SE, HSE and Autobiography trim levels alongside a limited-run First Edition model. The D300 SE starts from £94,400 while the petrol models start from £98,000 with the P400 SE. HSE models start from £100,000 in D300 form, while the Autobiography trim raises the starting price to £114,300.

First Edition models will only be offered during the first year of production and is limited to the D350 and P530 engines, with prices starting from £123,500.

The long-wheelbase five-seat model is only available in Autobiography and First Edition trims starting from £120,000. The seven-seat model is available from the SE trim onwards, with a starting price of £103,200.

Pricing for the plug-in hybrid models will be revealed closer to their on-sale date, with buyers getting a choice of the P510e in regular form, while the long-wheelbase model will only be available with the P440e powertrain.

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By Wayne Gorrett

Wayne has been covering developments in the UK's automotive sector for over 10 years, providing news, reviews, first-drive impressions and opinion pieces for a number of print and web outlets in the UK and South Africa. A former marketing director, Wayne is based in a rural village near Winchester, Hampshire. You can follow him on Twitter: @WaynesWorldAuto Facebook: WaynesWorldAuto Instagram: WaynesWorldAuto