The Range Rover has been the pinnacle of luxury SUVs since the first-generation model invented this market segment in 1969. Since then, Land Rover has built only four generations of the flagship SUV, so it goes without saying that every time a new one comes out, it is a pretty special event.
That’s all the more true for the unveiling of the all-new Range Rover, as the fifth-generation model promises to be the most technically advanced and refined iteration to date. It’s also the Range Rover that brings the most radical changes in the nameplate’s 52-year history.
Featuring the same unmistakable proportions smoothed out by modern design cues borrowed from the smaller Velar, the 2022 Range Rover no longer offers permanent four-wheel drive. Instead, it uses a new all-wheel-drive system that decouples the front wheels from the transmission at highway speeds for added efficiency.
A four-wheel steering system does come standard on all models to make the massive SUV more maneuverable, while a third row of seats is introduced as an option, in another first for the Range Rover.
Gallery: Range Rover mk5
While these firsts prove that the new Range Rover wants to keep up with the times, nothing says that more than electrification. Well, the big luxury SUV has got that area covered, too. The new Range Rover rides on the new MLA-Flex body platform designed for ICE, PHEV, and BEV powertrains.
Land Rover says a pure-electric model will join the family in 2024, but until then customers will have two interesting plug-in hybrid powertrains to choose from (besides the usual six- and eight-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines—most of them with mild-hybrid assistance).
Badged P440e and P510e, Land Rover describes them as “extended range” PHEV powertrains. Both combine a 3.0-liter Ingenium straight-six gasoline engine with a 105 kW (141 hp) electric motor integrated with the transmission and a 38.2 kWh lithium-ion battery (31.8 kWh usable).
In all-electric mode, the battery provides enough juice for a driving range (WLTP) of 100 km (62 miles) and a top speed of 140 km/h (87 mph) in both cases. Real-world range is estimated at up to 80 km (50 miles), with overall CO2 emissions lower than 30 g/km.
Gallery: 2022 Range Rover PHEV
Land Rover says that typical customers will be able to complete up to 75 percent of trips using electric power only if they begin each journey with a full charge. Furthermore, with the battery located beneath the vehicle and within the wheelbase, the automaker claims that both luggage space and all-terrain capability are “uncompromised.”
The Range Rover P510e combines a 400 PS (395 hp) 3.0-liter straight-six with the 105 kW motor for a combined maximum power output of 510 PS (502 hp) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque. It’s able to sprint from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.3 seconds. The P440e has a combined output of 440 PS (434 hp) and 620 Nm (457 lb-ft) of torque, so we assume that the ICE is rated lower.
Now, as far as market availability, the P510e will not come to the United States and will be offered exclusively with the standard wheelbase. The Range Rover P440e will arrive stateside, but it won’t be available at launch—its debut is expected in late 2022 for the 2023 model year.
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