Land Rover has officially launched the all-new fifth-generation Range Rover in India. The British luxury SUV specialist has started taking bookings for the new version of the SUV, the deliveries of which will start in the upcoming weeks.
Price and Variants
The starting price of the new Range Rover has been set at Rs 2.31 crore (ex-showroom, India) for the base-spec variant. The prices of all the other variants will be announced in the upcoming days. The new Range Rover will be offered in two body styles – Standard and Long Wheelbase, with both of them available in three different variants – SE, HSE and Autobiography. The Standard body style will be offered with four and five-seater configurations. The Long Wheelbase body style, in addition to four and five-seater, will also be offered with a seven-seater configuration – a first in the history of Range Rover.
In addition to all these variants, Land Rover has also announced a limited-run “First Edition” variant, which will be based on the top-spec Autobiography variant and will be available till the end of 2022.
Exterior Design and Features
For the new version, Land Rover has retained the silhouette and upright design with short overhangs and clamshell bonnet of the previous-gen Range Rover. However, look closer, and you will notice the attention-to-detailing and subtle sheet metal changes introduced in the new Range Rover.
While the Range Rover gets advanced LED headlamps with 1.2 million individual LED mirrors and a ‘gill’ motif on the grille at the front, the rear profile gets a nice-looking wide inverted U-shaped gloss black panel that accommodates vertical LED tail lamps on its side edges. The SUV has an unbroken design for its waistline, larger multi-spoke alloy wheels and flush-type door handles on the side profile.
Interior Design and Features
The cabin layout of the new Range Rover seeks inspiration from other new-generation Land Rover models like Velar and Discovery, with it creating a new benchmark in opulence in the history of Land Rover.
The new Range Rover gets a 13.7-inch full-TFT instrument console and a floating 13.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system, both of which work in sync with the new-generation Pivi Pro operating system from Land Rover. The infotainment screen is a one-stop unit to control almost 90 per cent of the functions of the car and features a haptic feedback option too. The cabin also gets a new four-spoke design for the steering wheel and a minimalist centre console accommodating a stubby gear lever.
Some of the other new premium features in the new Range Rover are a 35-speaker 1,600W Meridian Signature sound system with active noise cancellation, Cabin Air Purification Pro with dual-nanoeX technology and PM2.5 air filtration, physical dials for four-zone automatic climate control with touch panel and 11.4-inch touch-operated infotainment screens behind the front seats for rear passengers. The four-seater versions also get an 8-inch touchscreen controller between the rear seats for controlling various functions.
Engine and Transmission
Based on Land Rover’s MLA-Flex platform, the new Range Rover will be available in India with two petrol and one diesel engine option. Starting with the petrol-powered options, the range starts with a 3.0-litre six-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine, which produces 395 bhp of power and 550 Nm of torque. Then there is a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine, which makes 523 bhp of power and 750 Nm of torque. Lastly, there is a 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel engine, which belts out 346 bhp of power and 700 Nm of torque. The 3.0-litre petrol and diesel engines also feature a 48V mild-hybrid technology. An 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox is the standard transmission option across the whole range.
Having all-wheel-drive and all-wheel steering as standard fitments, the new Range Rover features Integrated Chassis Control for enhanced driving dynamics. It is also armed with a fully-independent electronic air suspension with twin-valve dampers, which use navigation data to sense the road conditions ahead and alter the suspension settings based on the data received, while on the go. For more off-road driving ability, the new Range Rover comes with Terrain Response 2 system with six driving modes.
Just like in many parts of the world, the new Range Rover will directly compete with top-of-the-line luxury SUVs like Bentley Bentayga and Mercedes-Maybach GLS. The top-spec variants will also take on the mighty Rolls Royce Cullinan.