The new Range Rover has been unveiled and will be launched in South Africa in middle of 2022.
The top-of-the-line SUV will have four engine options available locally – with an all-electric version expected to arrive in 2024 – as well as standard-wheelbase and long-wheelbase body styles (SWB and LWB).
A hand-crafted SV trim will be available, too, including a four-seater SV Signature Suite specification.
What you need to know
When the new Range Rover reaches South Africa, customers will be able to choose between First Edition, HSE, or Autobiography trim-levels – with the First Edition only being available for the first year of production.
Both the SWB and LWB models come with five seats as standard. The LWB can then be had with an optional third row of seats, totaling seven.
On the outside, a falling roofline, strong waistline, and rising sill line combine with a distinctive “boat tail” rear and short front overhang to create a unique and immediately-recognisable Range Rover.
Range Rover claims this design contributes to a drag coefficient of 0.30, making it “the most aerodynamically efficient luxury SUV in the world”.
Inside, the new flagship sees only the most premium equipment installed.
Headlining the dash is the largest touchscreen the company has ever fitted, a 13.1-inch curved display with smartphone mirroring, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and navigation.
This Pivi Pro infotainment system plays through a 35-speaker Meridian Signature Sound System as standard, with each of the four main passengers treated to a 60mm speaker in their headrests.
Every new Range Rover is then fitted with a 13.7-inch configurable instrument cluster, two 11.4-inch rear-seat infotainment displays, adaptive cruise control with steering assist, adaptive digital-LED lights, a split electric tailgate, and power-assisted doors with hazard detection.
The loadspace also features an adjustable floor, while five-seater models get an auto-folding loadspace cover, too.
Powering the new Range Rover line-up in South Africa will be one of four engines – with one diesel, one petrol, and two plug-in hybrid (PHEV) motors available.
- The 3.0-litre, turbo-diesel D350 specification is the entry-level engine to the range, and generates 275kW and 700Nm – sending the SUV to 100km/h in 6.1 seconds.
- The PHEV drivertrains combine the company’s 3.0-litre, petrol engine with a 38.2kWh battery producing 105kW to create two engine offerings that altogether provide 323kW in the P440e and 375kW in the P510e.
- The P510e reaches 100km/h in 5.6 seconds, with both PHEV powertrains having 100km of all-electric range on tap.
- A new 4.4-litre, V8, twin-turbo, petrol engine is installed in the P530, delivering a substantial 390kW and 750Nm – pushing this model to 100km/h in 4.6 seconds.
All engine configurations are connected to an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox with a twin-speed transmission.
Built on the new MLA-Flex architecture and fitted with electronic air suspension with dynamic response, this fifth-generation Range Rover boasts class-leading off-road capabilities, as with its predecessors.
Each of these SUVs features four-wheel steering, an active locking rear differential, the Intelligent Driveline Dynamics system, and a 48-volt electronic roll control programme that is able to send up to 1,400Nm into the anti-roll bars to keep body movement at a minimum.
“All of this technology feeds into Land Rover’s award-winning Terrain Response 2 system, which harnesses the various chassis systems to automatically provide the perfect settings for the surroundings, from a choice of six driving modes, to minimise driver workload across all terrains,” said Range Rover.
A turning circle of under 11 metres also makes this the most maneuverable Range Rover ever.
The South African pricing for the new Range Rover will be announced closer to launch.