New Range Rover launched to critical acclaim worldwide

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A sleek new version of Londoners’ favourite off-roader - the Range Rover - was reincarnated this week, to critical acclaim worldwide.

Variously described as “a thing of beauty” a “masterful design”, “most high-tech yet” and “sublime”, it is the fifth iteration of the flagship Range Rover model from parent company Land Rover, originally launched in 1970.

The new model, on sale now, is greener and more luxurious than ever before, with prices ranging from £94,400 to £137,800.

Big changes in the redesign include the choice of two plug-in hybrid models to meet environmental concerns, with 38kWh lithium-ion batteries capable of delivering up to 62 miles of electric-only driving; a move that will be welcomed by London customers.

The new Range Rover is also set to become the first-ever all-electric model from parent firm Land Rover, in due course. Two turbodiesel and two petrol engines will also be available, including a super-fast, all-new twin-turbocharged V8 model. There will also be long and short-wheelbase versions of the new model.

Seven seater

Ramping up the Range Rover’s appeal to London families, it will, for the first time (in the long wheelbase version) come with the option of seven seats, while the standard layout will incorporate five seats.

It has air suspension as standard, while the exterior lines are sleeker than ever before. All models will continue to be built at Land Rover’s Solihull plant, where 9,000 manufacturing staff are employed building it, alongside the Range Rover Velar, Range Rover Sport and Jaguar F-Pace.

 (Range Rover)
(Range Rover)

Advanced four-wheel steering will be standard on the new Range Rover, giving it a tight turning circle useful both off-road and in the city, while top models will also boast 24-way adjustable massage rear seats divided by a console incorporating a fridge, and motorised fold-out ‘picnic’ tables. Each passenger, in top models, will get their own big screen, and in the ultimate touch of luxury, the cup-holders are motorised too.

Noise cancellation

In a further splash of luxury, computerised active noise cancellation will also be available to ensure hush and calm in all driving conditions, while the dashboard is graced by a massive, 13.1-inch curved, floating touch-screen with ‘haptic’ feedback through the fingertips.

Other big changes include power-assisted doors all-round, to make getting in and out easier, while the iconic split rear tailgate continues.... complete with the option of a dog ramp. Well, it’s easier than lifting a muddy old dog into the boot, after a day in the countryside.

The new Range Rover also has full voice-control with commands for functions such as travel updates, music and navigation, while air filtration will purge nasty smells - even viruses. In a further advancement to further improve Range Rover’s legendary ride quality, there will be active suspension that ‘knows’, and adapts, when the vehicle is about to encounter a bump in the road.

First deliveries of the Range Rover will be made early next year and, from launch, it will be available with a mild hybrid straight-six cylinder 3-litre petrol (P400) and 3-litre diesel engines (D300 and D350), along with the P530 Twin Turbo 4.4-litre V8 petrol.

The plug-in hybrids will follow from January and a fast, sharper-handling SV version, from Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division will be added later. The fully electric model - of particularly interest to customers in the capital - will arrive in 2024.

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