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2022 Range Rover Officially Unveiled, Still a Luxury Yacht for the Road

Long forecasted as the ultimate in luxury SUVs, the 2022 Range Rover finds new form alongside familiar yet refined design language. More than a simple facelift, the new model is poised as the greatest in a long lineage of vehicles that harks back more than 50-years to the first luxury SUV. With a complete ground-up redesign, the new model introduces a range of efficient mild-hybrid and plug-in powertrains – with a pure electric model set to arrive in 2024.

Alongside the new design, we’re still getting our head around the options list which is extensive, interesting and more personalised than ever. Standard and long-wheelbase models remain, but we love additional features such as the power-assisted doors, and Tailgate Event Suite that adds a versatile loadspace floor, integrated cup holders, tailgate lighting and tailgate speakers so you can make full use of the classic split style.

There’s also a myriad of SV Bespoke options to choose from with everything from colours, steering wheels, interior trims, and so much more. You can really make this new Range Rover your own, money no object. Let’s check it out.

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Design Details

While the appearance remains familiar, the vehicle is defined by three lines along the exterior, culminating in the famous boat-tail shape in the rear. Conveying clean lines and shapes, the new Range Rover sought to smooth each and every piece of the exterior design. Smooth door handles that appear only when unlocked, pillars that mould themselves into the windows, and hidden until lit lighting adorns the exterior and interior as key features of this new design.

More than just good looks, the slick new Range Rover’s clean exterior offers a drag coefficient of just 0.30, making it the most aerodynamic SUV in the world.

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The Sanctuary

While the exterior remains beautiful to the eye, Range Rover understands that the interior is the place where you’ll spend the majority of your time. Offering luxury for every occupant, regardless of the seat. While the fruit is certainly there from a technological perspective with umpteen floating screens, Pivi Pro, and digital drivers displays, we love the range of new features that make the driving experience as seamless as ever, including;

  • 1600w Meridian Signature Sound System
  • 20w (60mm) Speakers in the headrests
  • Active Noise Cancellation
  • Cabin Air Purification Pro reduces odours and cleans with PM2.5 filtration.

Other notable entrance features, including power-assisted doors, soft close mechanisms, and a two-piece split tailgate make getting in and out of the vehicle equally as seamless.

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Behind the Wheel

When jumping behind the wheel of a big Range, you’ll expect the utmost levels of refinement and comfort. The new Range Rover offers as much, with a number of key technologies to make travel as comfortable and seamless as possible. Intelligent as it is luxurious, the air suspension – first introduced to luxury SUVs by Range Rover – is adaptative and works hand in hand with Dynamic Response Pro to scan the road ahead and pre-empt any changes in conditions before the vehicle approaches.

Engine and Drivetrain

With a new platform comes a range of new engine models to the diverse lineup.

Overseas, the introduction of plug-in hybrid powertrain technology to the lineup meets consumer demands for a cleaner lifestyle, resulting in overall CO2 emissions lower than 30g/km (a Prius produces 96g/km for perspective). Engine choice is based purely on price point and necessity, unfortunately, Aussie’s will miss out on the P510e, an Extended Range Plug-in hybrid offering for overseas markets. However, we’ll still be the beneficiary of a brand new P530 twin-turbo V8 model and mild hybrid P400 Ingenium petrol model as well as D300 and D350 diesel engines.

2022 Range Rover Australia Engine Specifications

  • P300: Inline-6 Diesel producing 221KW, 650NM.
  • P350: Inline-6 Diesel producing 258KW, 700NM.
  • P400: Inline-6 Petrol MHEV producing 294KW, 550NM.
  • P530: 4.4-litre Twin Turbo V8 producing 390KW, 750NM.

The mild-hybrid electric models feature the latest 48-volt technologies and harvest energy lost under deceleration and braking to boost fuel efficiency. This also results in seamless start-stop and torque filling duties when accelerating. If you’re yet to experience the joy of a 48-volt mild-hybrid system then we highly recommend checking one out.

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Innovative Luxury

A new MLA-Flex (Modular Longitudinal Architecture) underpins the new Range Rover. After redefining the idea of luxury SUVs with unmatched capability offroad and agile handling on-road over 50-years ago, the new model stays true to its DNA.

No fewer than 125 patents have been filed covering everything from its chassis technologies to its PHEV battery systems. With a clear commitment to innovation, Land Rover’s engineers used motorsport-derived simulation technology to put the vehicle through its paces in the virtual world completing more than 140,000 hours of computational analysis prior to physical testing. Over 1-million physical KM’s were put on the car, taking in extreme temperatures ranging from the 45C heat of the desert to the -30C cold of the Arctic.

The new top of the line model will be produced exclusively at the Solihull Manufacturing Facility in the UK, housed in the same building as the early Series Land Rovers. Available to order in Australia from today, the range starts at $220,200 in Australia, but you can spend as much as AU$312,500 before options if you’re in the market for a first edition twin-turbo V8. Our pick of the bunch would be the P400 mild-hybrid petrol with a solid 294KW on tap and a modern 48-volt system it’s a clear winner at AU$225,500.

Notable Standard Features

  • Electronic Active Differential with Torque Vectoring by Braking
  • Electronic Air Suspension with Dynamic Response
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto
  • 13.1-inch Touchscreen
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Traffic Sign Recognition and Adaptive Speed Limiter
  • Automatic Access Height
  • Powered gesture tailgate/boot lid

Check it out

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