The 2022 Land Rover Range Rover is not an electric car with an off-road-oriented body, but it does have some earthy touches.
Available for order beginning today are hybrid 6-cylinder and high-performance V8 versions. A plug-in hybrid and a fully electric version will arrive in the next two years. The Range Rover EV, in particular, takes one of the most unabashedly gluttonous new cars and repositions it for a gasoline-free future.
The revamped lineup benefits from new exterior styling. The exterior seems derivative at first glance but bristles with fresh details. Careful observers can trace the same 2-box shape with a high window sill and clamshell-style grille back to the early 1970s, but front and rear LED lighting is hardly a retro-inspired touch.
Inside, touchscreen displays largely replace the few remaining buttons and knobs in the outgoing model. Luxurious touches can be piled on, albeit for a price: soft-close doors, a 1,700-watt audio system, a 13.1-inch curved touchscreen display, a 13.7-inch digital instrument cluster, and even over-the-air software updates.
Though it will cost $105,350 to start (including a mandatory $1,350 destination charge), the 2022 Range Rover promises serious off-road ability. Its suspension remains fully independent. A shift to a 5-link rear design is aimed at improving road-holding. A height-adjustable air suspension and a host of off-road modes are standard. A standard automatic locking rear differential brakes the inside rear wheel in tight cornering modes to reduce the turning circle to a parking lot-friendly 36 feet.
The 2022 Range Rover is set to arrive in dealers early next year. See Land Rover Range Rover models for sale