Electric version of latest luxury model planned for release in 2024
Range Rover is making a lot of noise about its ultra-quiet new SUV flagship, which goes on sale later in 2022. Irish prices have not yet been disclosed.
It is also telling anyone who will listen that the latest model sets new technological standards across the board, from power sources to intuitive interactivity and, of course, the height of luxury.
The Range Rover is traditionally a benchmark for super-car refinement and performance and the maker has pulled out all the stops to be number one again at a time of intense competition.
Despite a staggering array of tech and powerful engines, one thing is missing – yes, an electric version.
All is not lost, however, as one is planned for 2024. Meanwhile, there are plug-in hybrids as well as mild-hybrid petrols and diesels.
There is a choice of plug-ins: the P440e and P510e. There is also the latest mild-hybrid (MHEV) P360 as well as the P400 Ingenium petrol and D250, D300 and D350 diesel engines. The 510PS and 440PS plug-ins have a claimed pure-EV range of up to 100km and sub-30gkm emissions. A new petrol flagship, the P530 Twin Turbo V8 (0-100kmh in 4.6 seconds), also joins the range.
This fifth generation of the SUV has standard and long wheelbase body styles with four, five or seven-seat interiors. There will be SE, HSE and Autobiography spec as well as a First Edition.
Inside the cabin there is a huge 13.1-inch curved, ‘floating’ touchscreen while the Pivi Pro sysyem works with a new 13.7-inch interactive driver
Amazon’s Alexa is coming along for the ride too in what Range Rover says is a major effort to reduce distractions by recognising verbal commands for music, navigation etc. Alexa works in addition to wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
As I said, there is a huge emphasis on quietness in the cabin. Speaker technology uses the 1,600W Meridian Signature sound system to create an ultra-quiet space.
There are additional 20W speakers in the four main headrests.
Then there is the Active Noise Cancellation system. It generates cancelling signals to sounds transmitted into the cabin through the system’s 35 speakers.
Meanwhile, the cabin air purification system combines dual-nanoeX technology for allergen reduction and pathogen removal.
The advanced electronic air suspension and pre-emptive set-up uses eHorizon Navigation data to read the road ahead. The technology also works with Adaptive Cruise Control to smooth out body movements.
The new car is the first Land Rover to have power-assisted doors with integrated hazard detection and anti-pinch safety elements. Five-seat models debut a new auto-folding loadspace cover.
There is a new rear-seat entertainment (RSE) system with adjustable 11.4in HD touchscreens in the rear of the front seatbacks.
Integrated chassis control is a core element for a host of technologies that cater for the vehicle’s dynamics.
All-wheel steering is standard with the electrically operated rear axle providing up to seven degrees of steering angle.
At low speeds it gives a turning circle of under 11 metres.
The iAWD transmission is controlled by the Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD) system, which monitors grip levels and driver inputs.