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New Range Rover offers a modern and refined experience

THE elegant new Range Rover defines modern luxury, providing more refinement, customer choice and scope for personalisation than ever before. It’s set to offer a suite of efficient mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains as well.

A pure-electric Range Rover variant is set to join the line-up in 2024 too – plus there’s a choice of four, five or seven-seat interiors available across standard and long wheelbase body designs.

Land Rover’s new flexible modular longitudinal architecture, known as MLA-Flex, underpins every aspect of this luxury SUV, from its unmatched capability and agile handling to its peerless refinement.

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By combining state-of-the-art engineering techniques with new levels of virtual development and Land Rover’s punishing development programme, the New Range Rover will deliver new levels of quality.

An innovative extended range plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) powertrain provides a pure-electric driving range of up to 100km, delivering an expected real-world range of up to 80km. Impressive when compared to its rivals.

The new luxury SUV will be available in Australia in SE, HSE and Autobiography variants. A First Edition will be available throughout the first year of production, based on the Autobiography and featuring a unique specification.

It is exclusively available in a Sunset Gold Satin finish, among a choice of five exterior colours. Both standard (SWB) or long wheelbase (LWB) body designs are available with five seats.

The Range Rover LWB model is available with a third row for extended comfort for up to seven adults. A Special Vehicle Operations model, known simply as the Range Rover SV, will be available in both body lengths.

It will offer exclusive features including new SV Serenity and SV Intrepid design themes and a four-seat SV Signature Suite configuration.

The interior of the new Range Rover is underpinned by modern, intuitive and relevant technologies, designed to work harmoniously with the finest materials and wellbeing innovations to create a calm sanctuary for all occupants.

Customers have a wider choice of materials and finishes, including innovative textiles and tactile Ultrafabrics with a continuation of Land Rover’s pioneering relationship with Kvadrat. Clean air technologies continue to be a focus for the brand too.

Cabin Air Purification Pro is the culmination of this pioneering technology. It combines dual-nanoe X technology for allergen reduction and pathogen removal, to help significantly reduce odours and viruses, including COVID.

Advanced speaker technology builds on the fundamental refinement provided by the MLA-Flex body architecture to deliver serene cabin calmness – ensuring passengers enjoy a first-class experience.

It uses the 1,600W Meridian Signature sound system to create one of the quietest vehicle interiors on the road, with additional 20W speakers in the four main headrests for the most immersive sound experience.

The third-generation active noise cancellation system monitors wheel vibrations, tyre noise and engine sounds transmitted into the cabin and generates a cancelling signal, which is played through the system’s 35 speakers.

The Range Rover was the first luxury SUV to feature electronic air suspension, in 1992, and the new model continues this pioneering approach with Dynamic Response Pro and pre-emptive suspension that uses eHorizon navigation data to read the road ahead.

The intelligent technology also works in conjunction with the adaptive cruise control with steering assist to smooth out body movements resulting from sudden changes in speed. Fully independent suspension underpins the luxurious ride as well.

All four passenger doors are power assisted – also controlled via the Pivi Pro screen – for elegant entry and exit in any situation, including at angles of up to 10 degrees while off-road.

Advanced hazard detection means the doors can automatically pause until the sweep of the door is cleared. The practical two-piece split tailgate that has been a Range Rover hallmark since 1970 is updated for 2021 too.

The new versatile loadspace floor protects luggage and enhances convenience. Its clever floor panel can be raised forward, across the width of the load area, forming a partition to contain smaller items and keep them within easy reach when unloading.

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Inside the 2022 Range Rover

It can also pivot backwards along its leading edge to serve as a backrest when using the lower tailgate as outdoor seating. The new Tailgate Event Suite combines additional lighting, audio features and tailored cushions to create the perfect vantage point.

The new Range Rover also offers software-over-the-air (SOTA) updates for more than 70 electronic modules, and Amazon Alexa. Alexa AI is onboard as well and you can even turn on your lights at home and connect to other Alexa-enabled devices from the car.

Alexa works in addition to wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto. Wireless charging keeps devices topped up too. All this technology is supported by the latest version of Land Rover’s Pivi Pro infotainment technology, displayed on a 13.1-inch curved screen.

Pivi Pro works in harmony with an elegant new semi-floating 13.7-inch interactive driver display, which features new high-definition graphics based around a three-panel layout that intuitively reflects the design of the Pivi Pro home screen.

For the first time in a Land Rover, the central display will provide haptic feedback when customers touch and press the screen, reducing the need to look away from the road.

Rear passengers can enjoy a new rear seat entertainment (RSE) system, which provides adjustable 11.4-inch HD touchscreens mounted on the rear of the front seatbacks. They can be operated independently and support HDMI connectivity and WiFi.

On the road, efficient and powerful all-LED lighting are provided on every new Range Rover, with high-definition digital LED headlights providing a beam range of up to 500m, as well as signature daytime running lights, animated indicators, and adaptive front lighting.

Predictive dynamic bending light technology uses navigation information to actively adjust the light beam for approaching corners in the road. New manoeuvring lights help drivers complete low-speed manoeuvres in dimly lit surroundings with complete confidence too.

Drivers can even control the new Range Rover from outside the vehicle using remote park assist, which is operated using a smartphone app. Every variant also features all-wheel steering for heightened high-speed stability and improved manoeuvrability.

It’s also the first Land Rover to feature Dynamic Response Pro. The powerful new active 48-volt electronic roll control system is faster-acting and more efficient than a hydraulic set-up, with a torque capacity of up to 1,400Nm fed into the anti-roll bars.

Fully independent air suspension isolates the cabin from surface imperfections more effectively than ever, combining air springs volumes with twin-valve dampers – all managed by in-house-developed adaptive dynamics control software.

The intelligent all-wheel drive (iAWD) transmission is controlled by Land Rover’s intelligent driveline dynamics (IDD) system, which monitors grip levels and driver inputs 100 times a second to predictively distribute torque between the front and rear axles, on and off-road.

Every Range Rover also features an active locking rear differential. This optimises traction from the rear axle during high-speed cornering, on slippery surfaces and during off-road wheel articulation, delivering enhanced capability and driver confidence.

All of this technology feeds into Land Rover’s terrain response 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.

The new Range Rover maintains its compelling combination of effortless performance and peerless refinement with a comprehensive line-up of advanced six and eight-cylinder powertrains, in both diesel and petrol form.

These are offered alongside the state-of-the-art PHEV model. The clever packaging of the battery, beneath the vehicle and within the wheelbase, ensures both luggage space and all-terrain capability are uncompromised.

Availability of the PHEV and SV variants locally are yet to be confirmed. The 2022 Range Rover range kicks off at $220,200 and you can configure your own online at landrover.com.au/newrangerover

2022 Range Rover
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