The 2022 Range Rover is growing, both in the number of seats it can hold and the types of available powertrains. It will also be capable of tighter turns thanks to standard all-wheel steering, which gives the rear wheels up to seven degrees of steering angle.
You can spot plenty of changes to the Range Rover’s exterior for 2022, but they do not dominate the story of what’s new here. The exterior design has been simplified – the door handles are flush now, and the rear turn signals and taillights are basically invisible, hiding inside the black trim until they light up – but the SUV keeps the proportions similar to the outgoing model. The cabin can be outfitted with a new premium textile made from Ultrafabrics and Kvadrat’s wool blend.
Jaguar Land Rover is making the new Range Rover available in both short- and long-wheelbase forms and it will ride on the automaker’s MLA platform. The new SUV will thus be able to offer a third row of seats for the first time, allowing for four-, five- and seven-seat configurations.
For 2022, JLR is offering two engine options. The base engine is a 48V mild-hybrid 3.0L turbocharged 6-cyl. that produces 395 hp and 406 lb.-ft. (550 Nm) of torque. The upgraded engine is a 4.4L twin-turbocharged V-8 made by BMW making 523 hp and 553 lb.-ft. (750 Nm) of torque. A 523-hp model, when driven with the vehicle’s Dynamic Launch mode enabled, will go from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 4.4 seconds.
The new Range Rover starts at $104,000 (plus a $1,350 destination fee) for the Range Rover SE with the 3.0L mild hybrid.
As befitting an updated Range Rover, the 2023-model-year version will be available with a plug-in-hybrid powertrain that uses Land Rover’s 6-cyl. Ingenium engine and an integrated 141-hp (105-kW) electric motor to produce a total output of 434 hp (324 kW). A 38.2-kWh lithium-ion battery (usable capacity is 31.8 kWh) offers an all-electric range of up to 62 miles (100 km) and can hit a top speed of 87 mph (140 km/h) on battery power. A battery-electric version is due in 2024, but no further details about this EV are available just yet.
The powertrain options are just some of the new, tech-y features of the new Range Rover. When driven at low speeds – JLR isn’t saying how low – the new Range Rover can angle the front and rear wheels out-of-phase, giving the SUV a turning circle of just 36 ft. (11 m) – the smallest of any Land Rover vehicle. At higher speeds, the rear wheels turn in phase with the front wheels, which gives the car more stability and comfort, JLR says.
For those trying to squeeze as much energy as possible from the battery pack, JLR is using what it calls eHorizon navigation data to choose a route that “allows the hybrid system to optimize energy usage across a journey, to provide a peaceful arrival at a destination on electric power, while also optimizing EV usage,” the automaker says. eHorizon can also adjust the electronic air suspension in response to different road situations.
Other available tech features in the ’22 Range Rover include built-in Amazon Alexa and a 1,600-watt Meridian Signature sound system that uses 20-watt speakers in the four main headrests (pictured, above), to play audio content in private little head spaces, as well as a noise-cancelling signal that is created on-the-fly based on wheel vibrations, tire noise and engine sounds.
For 2023, the new Range Rover will also offer power-assisted doors with integrated hazard detection and anti-pinch features. Over-the-air software updates will be available for more than 70 electronic modules in the vehicle.
Some trims of the 2022 Range Rover – SE, Autobiography and First Edition – can be ordered now, and the first deliveries will happen next spring.