In the nine years since the introduction of the current Range Rover, the luxury SUV market has undergone a transformational renaissance. What was once the only choice in the segment has had to fend off attacks from Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini, and Rolls-Royce. For 2022, the Range Rover is fighting back. Armed with new technology popularized by its rivals, tweaked styling, and a new ultra-luxury interior, the new Range Rover is coming back for the throne.
That starts with the incorporation Dynamic Response Pro, Land Rover's branded name for a 48-volt active anti-roll bar. Similar systems have proven transformative in SUVs like the Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus, serving as the secret ingredient that allows big, 5000-lb SUVs to corner as flat as sports sedans without sacrificing ride quality. Joined with the Range Rovers's fully independent four-corner air-suspension, Dynamic Response Pro—if tuned right—should offer a sublime ride with much-improved chassis composure.
Things should be smooth on the powertrain front, too. First-year customers will be able to choose between the silky turbocharged Ingenium inline-six (395 hp/496 lb-ft) or the beefier 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 (523 hp/553 lb-ft). The sport-oriented SV model with the V-8 should hit 60 in 4.4 seconds. Those more interested in efficiency will be glad to hear that a plug-in hybrid with 62 miles of all-electric range will be added for the 2023 model year, with a fully electric Range Rover set to debut in 2024.
Inside, the cabin is another evolution of the Range Rover's long-standing design theme. The dual-screen infotainment system returns, but the top screen is now a 13.1-inch floating curved display with haptic feedback. CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, and over-the-air updates all make an appearance, as is tradition with any new car launched in 2021.
Exterior styling is an evolution as well. Despite being the better part of a decade old now, the current Range Rover is still one of—if not the—most gorgeous SUV. The handsome front styling is massaged and stretched, but largely familiar. The side profile now draws the eye to the abrupt and angular rear end, which has been stretched vertically and horizontally by a new rear lighting element in the shape of an elongated horseshoe. The design gives the Range Rover far more visual heft to differentiate it from its more streamlined Sport and Velar siblings, but the end result is no less sensational than the last model.
Prices start at $105,350 including destination charges, with the long-wheelbase 7-seat version kicking off at $111,350. Don't think it ends there. In its effort to stay at the top, Land Rover has continuously added to its list of ultra-luxury options. A long-wheelbase First Edition version—with available lounge-style rear seats and a V-8 powertrain—will set you back $163,850. Order books open today, with first deliveries scheduled for spring 2022.
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