Fifth-Gen Range Rover Unveiled with V8 Engine and Tech Updates

  • Unwrapped exteriors look smoother and more modern with its new design, yet with an immediately recognisable standard Range Rover look.
  • Land Rover updated its interiors with higher-end technology.
  • Options of six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines with mild-hybrid tech and a twin-turbo V8 petrol option are available.
  • Land Rover is likely to launch the new Range Rover in India in 2022.

Land Rover describes the new Range Rover as “The reductive nature of the design is free from superfluous detail, resulting in a form which has breathtaking modernity. This is the most desirable Range Rover ever created.”

The SUV has a 75 mm longer wheelbase and is available with a choice between mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains. It has standard and long-wheelbase versions and there will also be an SV variant developed by the company’s SVO (Special Vehicle Operations) division.

However, the most exciting news is the all-electric variant of the new Range Rover that will debut by 2024.

The fifth-gen Range Rover will be available in three variants, the SE, HSE and Autobiography models with Autobiography as the base for the special First Edition model.

Let’s compare all 3 variants here!

Features SE  HSE  Autobiography
EXTERIOR FEATURES Pixel LED headlights with signature DRL

Animated Directional Indicators

Digital LED headlights with signature DRL and Image Projection

Animated Directional Indicators

WHEELS AND TYRES 53.34 cm (21) Style 5112 wheels 55.88 cm (22) Style 7023 wheels 55.88 cm (22) Style 1073, Diamond Turned with Gloss Dark Grey contrast wheels

Black brake calipers

INTERIOR FEATURES

Cabin lighting

Three-zone Climate Control

lluminated aluminium treadplates with Autobiography script

Auto-folding loadspace cover

Four-zone Climate Control

SEATING AND INTERIOR TRIM 20-way heated electric front seats with power recline heated rear seats

Perforated Windsor leather seats with Duo Tone headlining

20-way heated and ventilated electric front seats with power recline heated and ventilated rear seats

Semi-Aniline leather seats with Duo Tone headlining

24-way heated and cooled, massage electric front seats with Executive Class rear seats

Semi-Aniline leather seats with SV Bespoke Duo Tone Leather headlining

SV Bespoke Natural Brown Walnut veneer with Inlay

INFOTAINMENT

Pivi Pro with 33.27 cm (13.1) Touchscreen

Wireless Apple CarPlay and Wireless Android Auto

Wireless device charging with phone signal booster

Meridian Sound System in SE and Autobiography

Meridian 3D Surround Sound System in HSE

Head-up Display in Autobiography

CAPABILITY AND DYNAMICS

All-Wheel Steering

Electronic Air Suspension with Dynamic Response

Electronic Active Differential with Torque Vectoring by Braking

Configurable programs in Autobiography

Structure and Design

For the first time, the SUV comes as a 7-seater owing to the fact that is built on Land Rover’s flexible Modular Longitudinal architecture (flex MLA).

Land Rover employs a minimalist design on its latest model along with its signature fascia. Thanks to the new design, the SUV now looks cleaner with the bumper and air intakes housing all the sensors for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

In the back, the taillights are placed facing inwards for light to be reflected off of a prism. This said, the rear end with its sleek vertical tail lamps and hidden lights gives the SUV a striking look. Meanwhile, the lights for the indicators are hidden in the black bar that connects the tail lamps and only becomes visible when in use.

Even with the new look, fifth-gen keeps hold of its iconic split tailgate design. With padding, it becomes a leisure bench to laze on.

Inside, the extra space adds a third row of seats. It also has a fixed central console between the two rear seats in the four-seater configuration. The fixed divider consists of a fold-out table and even a mini-fridge with space for a bottle of champagne and two glasses.

Engine Options

The offered choices are a 48-volt mild-hybrid (MHEV) powertrain, plug-in hybrid powertrain, and a V8 internal combustion engine.

  • P400 petrol MHEV unit: 395 bhp with 550 Nm
  • D300 diesel MHEV unit: 296 bhp with 650 Nm.
  • The plug-in hybrid variants: P400 engine paired to a 38.2 kWh battery pack and a 141 bhp electric motor develops power output of 503 bhp with 700 Nm.
  • The new Range Rover covers up to 80 km on electric power only.
  • The V8 unit is a BMW-sourced 4.4-litre supercharged unit that makes 523 bhp with 750 Nm of peak torque.

The PHEVs’ performance details were not revealed but the variants will be called P440E and P510E.

All of the engines come mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with a two-speed transfer case for going off-road.

With its all-wheel drive as standard with Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 system, it makes managing the Rover’s size while turning. It can also disengage the front wheels when it is not needed, to improve fuel economy.

The Fifth gen Range Rover will enter the Indian market in 2022 as a CBU import. It will run against the Lexus LX and Mercedes-Benz Maybach GLS, Aston Martin DBX and Bentley Bentayga.

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