2022 Range Rover electric promises to raise the off-road game; to feature Velar-inspired design

Land Rover’s all-new, fifth-generation Range Rover is currently undergoing development and CarMagazine.co.uk reports that Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is rethinking how modern luxury should look in the new decade.

The all-new Range Rover will come out in 2022, 10 years after the fourth-generation, and it will based off Jaguar Land Rover’s versatile MLA platform that is set to debut on the next-gen Jaguar XJ next year. This skateboard architecture is compatible with different powertrains ranging from plug-in and mild hybrid to battery-electric systems.

The current Range Rover is available in a hybrid variant which offers 31 miles of pure-electric driving range. The 2022 model will be the first Range Rover to take the leap to the all-electric setup.

Though the luxury SUV will arrive with petrol and diesel engines, all eyes will be on the all-electric model that is expected to receive a massive 90 kWh battery pack for providing more than adequate performance and range, and reap the benefits of the 4WD setup from the collaboration with BMW.

The electrification of the Range Rover fits snugly with the company’s ‘Destination Zero’ emissions pledge, but Car Magazine also says that it would raise the car’s off-road game.

JLR vehicle line director Nick Collins, said:

On the road, the increased refinement and silent running (of an electrified powertrain) excites me. And off-road, you get peak torque at zero revs together with much more accurate control.

The 2022 Range Rover will be based on the same platform as the all-new Jaguar XJ (teased) that comes out next year, also with all-electric powertrain.

One aspect Land Rover will not take the same view as Jaguar is the design – the iPace redefined the design of the SUV with its cab-forward form and sleek silhouette. Technology will not give direction to the form of the new Range Rover which its designers are confident will be far easier to execute than the Defender which applied a lot of pressure on the team. The direction is defined and the potential is there in the Velar’s reductivist design to derive the final look of the all-new Range Rover, the report concludes.

One can expect Land Rover India to keep a close watch on the pure electric Range Rover as by 2022, premium carmakers including Jaguar, Audi and Porsche would have introduced electrics in the INR 1 crore+ price range.