February 27, 2024

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Fifth-generation, 2022 Range Rover arrives packing third row, BMW V8 power

The 2022 Range Rover is here and packing more flexibility and technology than the fourth-generation model it replaces. A new third row makes the Range Rover a more-appealing family hauler and a more competitive vehicle in its price bracket, while new tech is guaranteed to bring in those who can’t get enough of four-wheeled gadgetry. 

With two passenger configurations comes two wheelbases. The new three-row model is approximately 8 inches longer than the standard Range Rover and offers a foot of additional wheelbase, freeing up leg room for second- and third-row passengers. Yes, the long-wheelbase model can be had in a five-passenger configuration, which will be the sweet spot for both comfort and cargo-hauling, if that’s what you’re looking to maximize. 

At launch, the fifth-generation Rover will be offered with two turbocharged engines. The standard choice on P400 models is a 3.0-liter inline-six making 395 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque and backed up with a 48-volt mild hybrid system. Stepping up to the P530 gets you a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 sourced from Land Rover’s new (again) German partner, BMW. The V8 makes 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque and is the lineup’s range-topping engine. Land Rover says the new 4.4 will propel the P530 models to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds — easy to remember for barstool braggadocio

Those are fine for now, but what of the future? Fear not, Land Rover says, as these two gas-burners will be joined by a plug-in hybrid for 2023 and a full electric model for 2024. The plug-in hybrid will combine Jaguar-Land Rover’s Ingenium inline-six engine with a 38.2 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack and a 105-kilowatt (~140 hp) electric motor for a combined output of 434 horsepower. Land Rover says it will be capable of speeds up to 87 mph on electric power alone and offer 62 miles of pure-electric driving, though you won’t get the latter if you attempt to do the former with any frequency. 

Besides nicely dressed ladies and their dogs, the new Range Rover also welcomes tons of tech just about everywhere you turn. All-wheel steering is standard, for example, giving the new Range Rover the tightest turning circle of any SUV in Land Rover’s lineup. The excellent new Pivi Pro infotainment system can also be optioned with a 35-speaker Meridian audio system that includes a noise-cancelling feature that cuts down on intrusive engine and road noise. Amazon Alexa integration is quite possibly the least impressive bit of tech in this car, frankly. You can even get power-assisted doors. 

To coordinate all of this technical tomfoolery, the new Range Rover gets two primary control screens. The aforementioned Pivi Pro occupies a 13.1-inch curved screen atop the dash, while the driver gets a 13.7-inch cluster display. The cluster display utilizes three panels and can be customized to the driver’s personal preferences. There are dual 11.4-inch touchscreens available for rear-seat passengers as part of an on-board entertainment package. 

And it wouldn’t be a Range Rover without some eye-popping interior options. While the Autobiography returns for 2022, SV won’t be here until 2023. Land Rover calls SV an “exquisite interpretation of Range Rover luxury and personalization,” and the SV Serenity model pictured here certainly appears to fit the bill. 

The new Range Rover can be ordered from your local dealership today with a starting price of $105,350 (including destination). Autoblog will be getting its first in-person look at the new Range Rover next month on the eve of the Los Angeles auto show (theoretically at least), and we hope to see news about the 2023 model’s availability (and details of the forthcoming 2024 EV) in the coming year.