All-new Range Rover is SA bound with thumping 390kW V8 engine headlining the show

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  • 2022 Range Rover to come with petrol, diesel and hybrid propulsion systems.
  • New model said to offer best-in-class ride comfort and handling, on- and off-road.
  • More efficient, all-new, 4.4-litre V8 SV model will serve as halo model for now.
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Calling all business magnates, sports stars, hip hop moguls, and celebrities. Land Rover has raised the curtain on its all-new Range Rover ultra-luxury sports utility vehicle. Land Rover will build the new SUV at the company's Solihull plant in the United Kingdom, and the first models are expected to land in Mzansi in the second quarter of 2022.

As certified petrolheads, we feared the demise of the V8, but the good news is that the Range Rover will still come as an eight-potter. Plug-in hybrids will augment the line-up, and then in 2024, an all-electric derivative will break cover.

According to Land Rover's spokesmen, the new 2022 Range Rover PHEV models can reach speeds of up to 140km/h on electric power alone, enabling more drivers to become accustomed to driving with electricity.

Sublime platform

Added to its stunning new look, the 2022 Range Rover is built on what Land Rover calls a new Modular Longitudinal Architecture, or MLA-Flex platform. They say it underpins every aspect of this luxury SUV, from its unmatched capability and agile handling in the rough stuff to its peerless refinement on the road.

The new luxury SUV will be available in South Africa in a choice of HSE and Autobiography models. A First Edition will be available throughout the first year of production, based on the Autobiography and unique specifications. It is exclusively available in a Sunset Gold Satin finish, among a choice of five exterior colours.

Both Standard (SWB) or Long Wheelbase (LWB) body designs are available with five seats, while the New Range Rover LWB model is available with a third row for extended comfort for up to seven adults.The new Range Rover SV is said to be an exquisite interpretation of Range Rover luxury and personalisation.

The SV model is available in SWB and LWB body designs, with exclusive features including new SV Serenity and SV Intrepid design themes and a four-seat SV Signature Suite configuration. All SV models will be hand-finished, and you can, of course, choose to make your vehicle bespoke through the brand's customisation programme.

Do you drive a Range Rover? Would you consider this new model, or are you looking to change luxury brands in 2022? Let us know in the comments section, or please send us an email here.

2022 Range Rover
2022 Range Rover

Technological masterpiece

You can expect the 2022 Range Rover to blow the competition away when it comes to comfort and serenity, as Land Rover has gone to extreme lengths to ensure luxuriousness. The new model offers an advanced speaker technology package that builds on the refinement provided by the MLA-Flex body architecture to deliver serene cabin calmness, they claim.

The system uses the car's 1600-Watt Meridian Signature Sound System to create one of the quietest vehicle interiors on the road, with additional 20W speakers in the four main headrests for the most immersive sound experience. The new Range Rover also comes with third-generation Active Noise Cancellation that monitors wheel vibrations, tyre noise and engine sounds transmitted into the cabin and generates a cancelling signal, played through the vehicle's 35 speakers.

You can also expect the most sophisticated air-ride suspension systems with height adjustment and several on-and off-road driving modes. The 2022 Range Rover also comes with Land Rover's latest cabin air filtration technologies to ensure that the air you and your family consume in the cabin is the freshest possible air on the planet.

Of course, the car will boast everything you can think of from a luxury perspective, and they will offer vegan-friendly interior finishers if you so prefer. The Range Rover will also be fully connected, ensuring its firmware is always up to date through software-over-the-air technology that's pushed to the car from the OEM.

The connected car technology will also allow you to remotely monitor things like fuel consumption and distance to empty and charge status and range in the case of PHEVs and the EV model that will come later. Range Rover's concierge service will also come standard, and a raft of passive and active safety features are fitted too. Specific features that will come standard in South Africa will be confirmed next year.

2022 Range Rover
2022 Range Rover

Propulsion technology

The 2022 Range Rover will come with a choice of advanced six- and eight-cylinder powertrains. The full-electric model will launch in 2024. In South Africa, the vehicle will be available in a choice of new Extended Range Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) powertrains, the P440e and P510e, and the Ingenium diesel D350 engine. A powerful new petrol flagship, the P530 Twin Turbo V8, delivers increased refinement and performance and is 17 per cent more efficient than the previous Range Rover V8 model.

The 2022 Range Rover is the first Land Rover powered by a new 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine that uses two parallel twin-scroll turbos (one for each cylinder bank) to minimise turbo lag and optimise efficiency. The new engine produces 390kW of power and 750Nm of torque, which should be good enough for 0-100km/h in 4.6 seconds with Dynamic Launch engaged and a top speed of 250km/h. The D350 diesel produces 257kW and 700Nm of torque and powers the 2022 Range Rover from 0-100km/h in 6.1s.

The new Extended-Range PHEVs combine an in-line six-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine, in a choice of 323kW or 375kW outputs, with a 38.2kWh lithium-ion battery (with a usable capacity of 31.8kWh) and a 105kW electric motor integrated within the transmission. Together, the powertrain provides up to 100km of near-silent pure-electric driving. With instantaneous electric torque, the new P510e (375kW) accelerates from 0-100km/h in 5.6 seconds.

The PHEVs can reach up to 140km/h in electric-only mode, allowing drivers to enjoy zero-emission journeys in town and country. Land Rover's spokesmen say that the average Range Rover customer (in the UK) will be able to complete up to 75 per cent of their trips using electric power only if they begin each journey with a full charge. The clever packaging of the battery beneath the vehicle and within the wheelbase is said to ensure both luggage space and all-terrain capability are uncompromised.

All powertrains are driven through an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox and twin-speed transmission, which provide a set of low-range ratios essential for towing or off-road driving when more control is required.

Land Rover South Africa will release local pricing and exact specifications of the Range Rover next year, closer to the vehicle's introduction. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to not miss any news on the new 2022 Range Rover.

2022 Range Rover
2022 Range Rover
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