Redesigned 2022 Range Rover Gets New Power, More Tech
The original luxury SUV is getting a comprehensive redesign and a whole lot of enhancements for 2022. We’re talking about the iconic Land Rover Range Rover, which has essentially become an all-terrain limo after more than 50 years on the market.
Based on the brand’s new flexible Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA-Flex), which doesn’t sacrifice any of the legendary off-road capability the model is famous for, the new Range Rover will be available in two trim levels, SE and Autobiography, as well as a First Edition limited to the first year of production. There will be short-wheelbase, five-passenger models plus long-wheelbase, three-row models with seating for up to seven.
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A Range Rover SV will follow a year later, showcasing all of the luxury and customization potential of the Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) team at Land Rover. It will have exclusive features including new SV Serenity and SV Intrepid design themes and a four-seat SV Signature Suite configuration.
Two different powertrain options are on the menu, as well—and that’s before the company adds a new plug-in hybrid variant in 2023 (with the promise of 100 kilometres of zero-emission driving) and the first-ever Range Rover EV in 2024.
The first one, called P400, is the same turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine with 48V mild hybrid technology that we already know. It generates 395 horsepower. The second option, known as P530, is a BMW-sourced, 4.4-litre V8 engine that produces 523 horsepower.
Every new Range Rover features all-wheel steering for increased stability at high speeds and improved maneuverability at low speeds. It also results in the smallest turning circle of any Land Rover vehicle. The computer-controlled, adaptive air suspension uses navigation data to adjust the ride, while the intelligent all-wheel drive system monitors grip levels and driver inputs 100 times a second to predictively distribute torque between the front and rear axles.
While the exterior changes are quite subtle, the interior is really where customers will most enjoy the Range Rover’s latest evolution. For the first time, the model gets a 13.1-inch curved touchscreen that seems to float over the dashboard. This is in addition to an elegant new semi-floating 13.7-inch interactive driver display offering a variety of configurations.
Amazon Alexa is included along with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. And thanks to the latest Electrical Vehicle Architecture (EVA 2.0) on Land Rover vehicles, over-the-air updates for more than 70 electronic modules will help the Range Rover evolve over time.
Rear-seat occupants will have a sweet time, too, what with the available entertainment system featuring adjustable 11.4-inch HD touchscreens on the back of the front seats, plus the available eight-inch touchscreen controller mounted in the centre armrest of the Executive Class Rear Seats.
Finally, customers will have a large selection of materials and trim options to choose from, including a new premium textile that combines Ultrafabrics and Kvadrat wool-blend for those who don’t want leather.
Exclusively built in Solihull, U.K., the new 2022 Land Rover Range Rover will go on sale in Canada in April. Pricing ranges from $126,400 for the base P400 SE model to $182,200 for the P530 First Edition.