Next Generation Land Rover Range Rover Moves Further Upscale
Fresh styling, new powertrains, and a pampering interior build on a storied tradition
The next-generation Land Rover Range Rover is a regal, ultra-luxury SUV that pushes boundaries, with new tech and a streamlined, elegant design. It will be offered with a third row in the long-wheelbase configuration for the first time.
It launches with two engines: a mild-hybrid inline-six turbocharged and a twin-turbocharged V8. A plug-in hybrid is available for order. A full-electric versions will follow in 2024. There will also be an SV edition, offering an even more upscale treatment from the company’s Special Vehicle Operations group.
The exterior and interior styling have become more minimalist, but there’s no shortage of comfort, convenience, and performance features, including those that heighten off-road capabilities. Pricing starts at a princely sum of $104,000. For that, drivers get the royal treatment. Here’s what we know so far.
It competes with the BMW X7, Cadillac Escalade, Jeep Grand Wagoneer, Lexus LX, Lincoln Navigator, Mercedes-Benz GLS, and Rivian R1S.
It looks like a smooth-sided concept vehicle for a future Range Rover rather than a current production model. The silhouette is unmistakably Range Rover, but the smooth-side body creates a restrained, modern appearance with a design theme that has a clear connection to the Defender. It almost looks like a clean-sided concept vehicle rather than a production model, festooned with all the trim, chrome, and edges one would expect. Even the door handles are powered and retract when not needed. Instead, there is a tasteful design element with the line under the clamshell hood that runs all along the body.
The shorter side glass is reminiscent of the Range Rover Sport. Let’s hope it doesn’t detract from the Range Rover’s traditionally great outward visibility.
Bucking trends seen with other brands, the grille is rather small, with a wide, more subtle air intake doing much of the work below the bumper.
At the rear is a split liftgate, true to RR tradition, with a short fold-down tailgate well suited for picnicking on.
While 21-inch wheels are standard equipment, there are massive 23-inch wheels available for each corner, making us wince at the potential impact on efficiency and the prospect of paying for replacement tires—or hunting for them to replace a flat when road-tripping.