So, the fifth and latest generation Range Rover has finally been ‘officially’ unveiled to the public and it’s safe to say that just about everyone seems to be waxing lyrical about its harmonious proportions, surface, and lines…
Just when you thought the mud-plugging legend couldn’t get any better, it did. That said, you’d be forgiven for thinking, ‘hang on, this looks familiar’ until you’ve made a 360-degree recce around its vast circumference.
The New Range Rover is defined by three lines that can trace its origins back through the generations; the falling roofline, strong waistline, and rising sill line. These trademark features combine with a characteristically short front overhang and a distinctive new boat-tail rear and split tailgate that has been a Range Rover hallmark since 1970 but now includes a series of new technologies providing greater versatility and convenience.
Prof Gerry McGovern OBE, Chief Creative Officer, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “The New Range Rover is a vehicle with a peerless character, from the impeccable restraint of its exterior to the flawless tranquil sanctuary of its cabin. Informed by creative intellect and a desire for perfection, it doesn’t follow fashion or trend, but by a modernist design philosophy, combined with over 50 years of evolution, it is quite simply the most desirable Range Rover ever created.”
Internally, the New Range Rover delivers Land Rover’s award-winning Pivi Pro infotainment technology with an even bigger touchscreen. The 13.1-inch curved, floating screen embodies the architectural lightness of the interior with a minimalist frame design. It provides intuitive control of all the major vehicle functions, using the latest consumer technology to deliver a smartphone-inspired interface, allied to convenient hard switches for climate control.
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. Customers can choose from a variety of configurations, including a conventional analogue layout, using the steering wheel controls.
Externally, the beautiful unbroken waistline emphasises the rounded edge of the door as it meets the glass in a simple, clean finish thanks to a specially engineered hidden waist finisher. New and innovative design-enabling technology combines flush glazing with hidden-until-lit lighting, and precise detailing to create the impression that the vehicle has been milled from solid.
The New Range Rover is also the first Land Rover to feature Power-Assisted Doors with integrated hazard detection and anti-pinch safety features, which enhance its Soft Door Close capability and ensure every trip begins and ends with effortless refinement and sophistication. All four passenger doors are power assisted – also controlled via the Pivi Pro screen – for an 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.
Power arrives in the shape of a 523 hp, 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 snaffled from BMW which gives you 0-62 in an impressive 4.6 seconds with a pair of Extended Range plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) powertrains offering a pure-electric driving range of up to 62 miles also available. The full pure-electric Range Rover is penciled in to join the line-up in 2024.
Other additions include Manoeuvring Lights to assist help drivers complete low-speed manoeuvres in poorly lit surroundings with complete confidence, by creating a carpet of light around the perimeter of the vehicle, working with the 3D Surround Camera system to provide effortless manoeuvrability.
There’s also four-wheel steering as standard for the first time which offers much tighter cornering make city driving that little bit less stressful in such a beast of a vehicle. And if you really want to impress the onlookers, the new Range Rover can be operated from outside the vehicle using Remote Park Assist, which is operated using a smartphone app. It allows the luxury SUV to manoeuvre into and out of parking spaces while the driver monitors progress at a safe distance with a large grin on his or her face.
What does it all cost?
Take a deep breath… you can have one for around £94,400 in the UK which, in the big scheme of things, makes it an attractive propostion.
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