The new Range Rover is here
The new Range Rover is here, bringing with it a whole new take on the luxury SUV. Though its exterior might be close in terms of design to that of its predecessor, a range of enhancements and technological updates mean that this isn’t a mere update but a whole new thing.
Given that this is one of JLR’s flagship cars it’s also hugely important to the brand as a whole. But what do you need to know about it? Let’s take a look.
The back of the car has a whole new look
Though from the front end of the new Range Rover it might be tricky to see exactly what has changed, it’s a far more revolutionary affair around the back.
The new rear lights are far sharper than before, but the most noticeable aspect is the black trim section which joins them together. You might notice the larger ‘blades’ at the sides, too, which help to give the car a sportier aesthetic.
Electrified powertrains come to the fore
The Range Rover hasn’t ignored the increasing demand for electrified powertrains. As a result, practically all versions gain hybrid assistance, with two plug-in hybrid versions bringing an electric-only range of up to 62 miles and ultra-low CO2 emissions of below 30g/km.
Though a flagship V8 remains, the real talking point is the introduction of a fully electric version, which is due in 2024.
The interior is more luxurious than ever
You expect a Range Rover’s cabin to deliver a high level of craftsmanship and quality, but this latest version really pushes the envelope. Up front there’s JLR’s Pivi Pro infotainment system relayed on its largest-ever screen - a 13.1-inch display that curves around the passenger and driver.
In the back, you’ve got an 11.4-inch high-definition touchscreen mounted to the seatbacks, while, as you’d expect from a Range Rover, the level of personalisation on offer is huge.
Two wheelbase options are still available
As before, you’ve got two wheelbase options with the Range Rover. In standard form, it comes with a five-seat configuration while if you prefer more space and the option of a third row of seats, the long-wheelbase version will be the natural choice.
The long-wheelbase version adds an additional 200mm between the car’s axles, allowing for those additional seats while boosting interior space.
Mechanical changes make it easier to drive than ever
As well as a variety of new powertrains, the new Range Rover has been kitted out with a number of mechanical upgrades that make it a little easier to drive than before. For instance, rear-wheel steering helps when making sharper turns at slower speeds yet brings added stability at higher ones.
Of course, like any Range Rover it’s got loads of off-road technology too. It’s got the latest Terrain Response 2 system with a specific ‘Wade’ mode giving up to 900mm of wading depth. You can get a maximum of 510mm of wheel travel to help tackle even the most difficult of conditions, too.