Land Rover will debut its redesigned flagship SUV, the 2022 Range Rover, this month. While specs for the Land Rover Range Rover are being kept out of the public, the rumor mill has churned about the likelihood of an all-electric power plant.
In fact, we already know Land Rover is expected to introduce its first fully electric vehicle in 2024, and it will introduce six battery-electric vehicles by 2026. So, while we know a plug-in hybrid option will be part of this next-generation Range Rover, questions remain about a pure EV and even a possible diesel, which would likely only be for the European market.
We also know that the 2022 Land Rover Defender will get a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8, despite Land Rover promising an electrified lineup by 2036. So, we are quite curious to see which way Land Rover goes with the Range Rover, perhaps offering both a V-8 and an EV along with the plug-in hybrid.
In the teased photo, you can see the new Range Rover appears to get flush door handles (a la Velar) as well as retains its familiar boxy profile with perhaps some softer edges. But the next-gen Range Rover will get an entirely new platform as it will use the new MLA platform from the Jaguar Land Rover mothership.
The plus side of the new platform will be versatility in wheelbase size, meaning the new Range Rover could have both a long wheelbase option and a shorter one. This could mean additional room inside and could change up the seating variations including seven passenger capability and overall extra interior space for all passengers.
“The New Range Rover is a vehicle with a peerless character, from the impeccable restraint of its exterior to the flawless tranquil sanctuary of its cabin. Informed by creative intellect and a desire for perfection, it doesn’t follow fashion or trend, but by a modernist design philosophy, combined with over 50 years of evolution, it is quite simply the most desirable Range Rover ever created,” said Gerry McGovern, Chief Creative Officer for Jaguar Land Rover.
The large luxury SUV segment is chock-full of heavy hitters and competition for the Range Rover, and this large SUV hasn’t had a major overhaul since 2012. Therefore, much of its competition has come out with updated vehicles and a lot of cool technology.
With competitive SUV offerings from the likes of BMW and Mercedes, the all-new 2022 Lexus LX 600, and impressive non-luxury large SUVs like the Jeep Grand Wagoneer hitting the streets, the Range Rover faces a growing, highly tech-forward field in the segment.
Thus, it’s important for Land Rover to hit a home run with the 2022 Range Rover, which is one of its most legendary vehicles.
Many of today’s consumers can’t get enough luxury when it comes to big SUVs. So, as Jeep enters the fray with the swanky, screen-laden Grand Wagoneer, the bar has been raised for a true luxury automaker like Land Rover. The stalwart brand will have to be sure its new Range Rover checks all the boxes of what these types of consumers want.
These things include lots luxurious touches, off-road ability and interior creature comforts. The 2022 Land Rover Range Rover will be revealed at 3:40 p.m. EST on Tuesday, October 26 at LandRoverUSA.com.
We will have more information, including specs after the reveal.