Electric Range Rover on the Way

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Photo credit: Land Rover
Photo credit: Land Rover
  • A battery-electric Range Rover will arrive in 2024, following the debut of the latest generation in 2022 in short- and long-wheelbase form.

  • The redesigned flagship SUV will offer mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions, in addition to I6 and V8 engines.

  • Six battery-electric Land Rovers are in the works, set to arrive in the next five years, with the Range Rover scheduled to be the first.

The reveal of the next-gen Range Rover will push the model into a new decade, even if the exterior design of the 2022 model is more evolutionary than revolutionary. The new Rangie revealed this week is certainly imposing and visually clean, but its design is not quite as big a step as the debut of the 2001 BMW 7-Series ended up being, even though the most noticeable visual change is also out back, in the form of vertical taillights meant to form a perfect rectangle helped by horizontal lines.

But something revolutionary is indeed on the way in 2024. That's when Land Rover will offer a battery-electric version of the new SUV, following the arrival of the PHEV model a little earlier.

This means the battery-electric model will be based on the same flexible Modular Longitudinal Architecture, or MLA-Flex for short, and it's expected be offered in short- and long-wheelbase forms like the gas-engined model.

Just how many different versions of the Range Rover EV we'll see is still up in the air. We don't expect to see a single-motor version, of course, but two battery capacities are also unlikely—this will be a pricey model and range will be at a premium, so we don't expect to see a shorter-range variant. The dual-motor model will likely deliver over 300 miles of range, as the luxury competition is already trying to separate itself from the pack of SUVs offering fewer than 250 miles, and the electric Range Rover will also have to fulfill expectations of long-distance travel from a place in the city to the countryside. As such, there will be market pressure in 2024 to maximize range, given the competition that will be there by that point.

Photo credit: Land Rover
Photo credit: Land Rover

"The New Range Rover is a vehicle with a peerless character, from the impeccable restraint of its exterior to the flawless tranquil sanctuary of its cabin," said Gerry McGovern, chief creative officer at Jaguar Land Rover. "Informed by creative intellect and a desire for perfection, it doesn't follow fashion or trend, but by a modernist design philosophy, combined with over 50 years of evolution, it is quite simply the most desirable Range Rover ever created."

When it comes to horsepower, we expect to see something well above the 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque offered by the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8, and thankfully this is one area in which dual-motor EVs rarely come up short. Expect to see a figure well north of 600 hp, to offer customers wavering between the top gas model and the EV a bonus they'll be happy to pay for.

When it comes to pricing, it's safe to say the EV model will command a premium over the base version, which will start at around $105,000—best to budget north of $120,000.

Photo credit: Land Rover
Photo credit: Land Rover

If you don't want to wait for the EV version but still want some quiet miles out of Land Rover's flagship, the mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid flavors will get here sooner, with the the latter pairing an inline-six engine with a 38.2-kWh battery and a 105-kW motor, serving up a combined 434 hp and 62 miles of pure electric range. This will actually be quite a few miles for a PHEV, but a 38.2-kWh battery isn't small either, landing 6 kWh and change shy of the base battery in the VW ID.3 hatchback. That's right: the PHEV will have a battery almost as large as an entire VW hatch's.

By the time the battery-electric Range Rover lands here in 2024, it should have plenty of competition from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Rivian, and others, if not quite an identical footprint. Land Rover will rely on the luxury experience inside to differentiate itself from its closest competitors, most of which will come from Team Germany.

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Photo credit: Hearst Owned
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