Land Rover levels up the Range Rover with new tech, more comfortable ride
After pictures of Land Rover's new flagship SUV were leaked last week, the luxury marque has officially revealed it to the world.
Say hello to the 2022 Range Rover.
Let's start with its exterior which now appears more elegant than before. Thanks to an evolutionary redesign, the headlights, fenders, doors, and even the wheel arches now feature a smoother design. But while the front and side still look relatively the same, Land Rover was busy changing up the Range Rover's rear.
It gets new vertical LED taillights, a revamped tailgate, and a smoother rear bumper. The result is a more fluid design that's pleasing to look at, along with improved aerodynamics and reduced drag. Land Rover says that the neat little touches they did for the all-new model improved its drag coefficient to just 0.30 cd.
For the first time, the long-wheelbase version (LWB) can now be had with the optional third-row seats. This makes the all-new Range Rover capable of seating seven in total. This was made possible thanks to the new Modular Longitudinal Architecture (aka MLA-Flex).
This allows the Range Rover to be available in two wheelbase lengths and a choice of four, five, or seven seats. Land Rover says that customers can now get a long-wheelbase five-seater or a seven-seater long-wheelbase version for a more practical Range Rover.
Inside, massive screens immediately greet the driver and the passengers. There's the 13.7-inch digital instrument panel that is accompanied by a slightly smaller 13.1-inch touchscreen infotainment. Those seated at the back will also enjoy the equally large 11.4-inch entertainment displays. Opt for the Executive Class Rear Seats, and an 8-inch touchscreen will also be present on the center armrest.
Aside from the wide array of media displays, the Range Rover can also come with a 35-speaker 1,600-watt Meridian Signature sound system. Available only on the Autobiography trim, it's complemented by a noise-canceling system that makes the cabin quieter.
Under the hood, the 2022 Range Rover will be available with a wide array of six- and eight-cylinder engines. There's the P300e which comes with a 3.0-liter mild-hybrid turbo-gasoline inline-six that makes 395 PS and 550 Nm of torque. Then there's the P440e plug-in hybrid which makes more power at 434 PS. In the future, that range will be expanded to the P510e which will serve as the most powerful PHEV
For those that prefer eight-cylinder engines, the Ranger Rover will also be available with a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 that produces 523 PS and 750 Nm of torque. Diesel engines will be joining the range as well in the form of the D300 and D350 variants.
To reduce wear and tear on the drivetrain, the new Range Rover now comes with an all-wheel-drive system. Unlike the permanent four-wheel-drive system from before, the new AWD system decouples the front wheels when not needed. This will also translate to better fuel economy in the long run.
To ensure passengers get to experience a comfortable ride quality, the 2022 Range Rover has adaptive air suspension as standard equipment. It also has a new five-link rear axle that uses the navigation system to tweak the system for any bumps on the road ahead. It even operates with the adaptive cruise control and steering assist to enable a smoother ride overall.
New electronically-adjustable anti-roll bars, meanwhile, help keep the ride comfortable, too. Land Rover even mentioned that they now react more quickly and that it can apply up to 1,400 Nm of torque against the body to keep the ride comfy at all times. Last but not least, the new Range Rover gains all-wheel-steering. It can electrically move the rear wheels up to 7.3 degrees to improve the vehicle's agility.
“The New Range Rover is the most desirable Range Rover ever made and will continue to be the must-have luxury SUV globally. We are thrilled to bring in the New Range Rover into the Philippine market to serve our clients with the most sophisticated of taste,” said Chris Ward, president of Coventry Motors Corporation, the official distributor of Land Rover in the Philippines.
Expect the 2022 Range Rover to be arriving in the country sometime next year.