> New Range Rover revealed for 2022
> Plug-in hybrid models offer up to 62 miles of range
> Range-topping V8 version does 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds
> Fully electric model arriving 2024
> Biggest infotainment screen of any JLR model
> Prices start at £94,400
Even though the current Range Rover has been on sale since 2012 and therefore long overdue a freshen up, Jaguar Land Rover's flagship model is one of the most recognisable cars on the road, so it’s no surprise the styling updates are evolutionary. It still has the trademark short front overhang and upright windscreen, as well as the gently raked rear windscreen. The roofline sits 10mm lower than before though.
The LED headlights now intersect the grille while the fog lights, forward radar and front parking sensors have been moved to a single strip on the lower part of the bumper, giving the nose an altogether cleaner look.
The shut line of the clamshell bonnet continues along the sides of the car to create a streamlined appearance, and the signature shark gill-like graphics behind the front wheels has been made slimmer and integrated into the panels, again giving a classy and more understated appearance.
It’s at the back where most of the changes have taken place. The vertical rear lights are now housed behind a gloss black glass panel which hides them entirely from view when the car is not turned on. It’s an effective look, especially as the rear fog lights are discreetly placed in the rear bumper to completely unclutter the Range Rover’s rear end.
Even though the new Range Rover still has a split tailgate, the shut lines have been smoothed out. Customers can also choose between long wheelbase and short wheelbase models, and for the first time ever the Range Rover will be offered with 23-inch alloy wheels.
Things look equally impressive inside the cabin, which has been designed with the same focus on minimalism. The single-piece dash fascia sweeps the width of the car and is clothed in a supple, expensive material of your choice.
You can even opt for a leather-free version that uses a wool-blend material and reduces the CO2 produced to make the car, if that sort of thing is important to you when it comes to buying a huge SUV.
The air vents are integrated discreetly at the top of the dash but thankfully there is still a panel of physical buttons and dials for the climate control housed just below the infotainment screen.
Speaking of the climate controls, all models feature an air purification system which JLR claims can even filter out coronavirus germs. Topical gimmick? Even if it is the system also neutralises odours, which is good.
The steering wheel is new and features gloss-black controls for the infotainment system and cruise control functions, and instead of the rotary gear selector of the old model there’s a leather-wrapped gearstick positioned on the wood and alloy centre control. It's all very classy, very British.
Range Rovers are all about refinement – this is the car of choice for Her Majesty the Queen after all – and this new model features active noise cancellation from a Meridian Signature Sound System which helps deliver what JLR call a “first class experience” inside the cabin. Both driver and front passenger, as well as two rear passengers, are treated to a speaker in their headrest. Crank up the tunes.
But sound systems are nothing without an infotainment system to power them: the new Range Rover features the biggest infotainment screen of any JLR model ever. The 13.1-inch curved glass screen features the latest version of JLR’s excellent Pivi Pro system which hosts over-the-air-software updates and is integrated with a customisable high definition 13.7-inch digital driver display.
The system is also integrated with Amazon Alexa voice control and comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. And in another first for a Range Rover, the infotainment screen provides haptic feedback.
If optioned, rear passengers can watch TV or surf the internet via wi-fi connected 11.4-inch HD touchscreens mounted on the back of the front seatbacks. The screens work independently and can also be controlled by a touchpad in the rear armrest.
Customers will also be able to customise the interior of their Range Rover with new SV design themes, handled by JLR's Special Vehicles Operations (SVO) division. Via the SVO team, the long wheelbase model can be optioned with two rear seats and an electrically deployable table, plus drinks chiller of course, for the ultimate chauffeur experience.
While we will have to take its word for it until we drive the new Range Rover, JLR promises that the third bench in models optioned with seven seats offers decent shoulder room, even for adults. It’s also the first time a Range Rover has offered seven seats. They do look roomy, using a stadium design to squeeze in large seats. All passengers get charging sockets too, so you won’t have to worry about kid’s iPads running out of juice.
The long wheelbase models will naturally offer more legroom for those sitting on the second bench, but even the short wheelbase model is over five metres long, so it won’t exactly be cramped, even if you're tall.
With the sixth and seventh seats folded upright there’s 312 litres of load space in the boot in the long wheelbase version, but with them folded down it rises to 1,061 litres. With all the back seats folded away you’ll be able to squeeze in 2,601 litres.
This is also the first Range Rover to be offered with power-assisted doors, which feature hazard recognition sensors to prevent them from hitting obstacles such as cyclists sneaking up on the inside.
Finally, every new Range Rover comes with rear-wheel steering to make driving in town and parking easier, as well as enhancing high speed stability. The rear axle provides up to seven degrees of steering angle, which means this hulking SUV has a turning circle of less than 11 metres.
Range Rover customers are spoiled for choice when it comes to engines, with a mix of petrol, diesel, mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) options to select from. The PHEV range consists of two options, both of which offer up to 62 miles (WLTP) of electric range.
The bigger of the two, the P510e, boxes off the 0-62mph dash in just 5.6 seconds thanks to a combined power output of 510hp from the 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol engine and 110hp electric motor, fed by a 38.2kWh battery which, for context, is bigger than the battery used in the fully electric Fiat 500e. It also produces just 30g/km of CO2.
The electric drive mode works up to 87mph and using a 50kW charger the battery can be charged to 80 per cent in under one hour, making it one of the fastest PHEVs to charge. A full charge will take five hours on a home charger.
Drivers can opt to save battery range for a certain point in a journey, such as when entering a low emissions zone, and energy is further harvested by a regenerative braking system.
Three 48v mild hybrid diesel engines range from 250hp to 350hp, which will be favourable with high mileage drivers and those who want to tow something. On that point, the new Range Rover has a towing capacity of up to 3,500kg and features a towing assist system.
Two mild hybrid petrol options offer either 360hp or 400hp, but the star of the show is an all-new flagship BMW-supplied 4.4-litre twin turbocharged V8. Producing 510hp and 750Nm of torque, the 0-62mph dash is over in just 4.6 seconds when using launch control.
JLR says a fully electric model will arrive in 2024, although it hasn’t said much more than that on the matter. That battery is going to be huge.
All models are equipped with an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard which features low-range ratios for extra towing grunt.
The new Range Rover is available to configure and order now, with first deliveries expected early 2022. Jaguar Land Rover is yet to reveal a full price list, but they start at £94,400.