Electric Range Rover due in 2022
An electric Range Rover looks set to launch in 2022, following the arrival of plug-in hybrid and mild-hybrid variants that are planned for the fifth-generation model’s launch in 2021.
Land Rover has been testing prototypes at its base in Gaydon for 12 months, using a mixture of new running gear and existing bodyshells that give few clues as to the new car’s design.
Our exclusive images (gallery below) preview what the electric Range Rover could look like. At the front, the styling follows the trend of most electric cars with a smaller grille and fewer air intakes for cooling.
Meanwhile at the rear, the tail-light signature has evolved from a prominent, rectangular block into a thinner, horizontal design that straddles the rear pillar and tailgate. Naturally, there are no exhaust pipes, making the overall design less cluttered than before.
“There are two basic approaches,” Land Rover’s design director Gerry McGovern told our sister title Auto Express. “There’s one that says if it’s an all-electric vehicle, it gives you the ability to free up your proportions. So you could have a more cab-forward approach. And then the question is, is that right for Land Rover?
“Or do you just forget about what the proportion system is, and design the car around its relevance to the consumer and optimising it in terms of what it’s capable of doing in terms of its on-road/off-road abilities, in terms of its functionality, its storage, its versatility and all those things?”
It’s too early to speculate on performance figures, although Land Rover’s MLA platform has room for two electric motors – one on each axle, giving four-wheel drive – and a large, 100kWh battery if required. This would give the electric Range Rover a range well in excess of 300 miles, putting it among the longest-range electric cars on sale.
The electric Range Rover – Land Rover’s first fully electric car – represents the biggest overhaul in the company’s 50-year history. Facing competition from the Bentley Bentayga and Rolls-Royce Cullinan, the new Range Rover looks set to embrace technology as it bids to move even further up the premium market.
Every new Range Rover will be built at Jaguar Land Rover’s factory in Solihull: the plant can now build electric, plug-in hybrid and mild-hybrid cars following a £500 million cash injection earlier this year and will be production site for the forthcoming electric Jaguar XJ, too.