The new Range Rover was announced recently, with the promise of a plug-in hybrid variant in 2023 and a full-electric version in 2024. Though details and orders aren’t quite ready on these versions yet, Land Rover has provided some information on the coming electric trucks.
Jaguar Land Rover intends to lean heavily into electrification, along with a general trend in the auto industry and many government mandates pushing them towards it. By 2026, they plan to have six Land Rover models in EV form, including the Range Rover, and by 2030 the only internal combustion engines available will be various hybrid options. (Jaguar will transition to a full-EV operation from 2025.)
The plug-in hybrid is due in 2023, with a 434-horsepower internal combustion engine (possibly a straight-six Ingenium motor) tied to an electric motor and a 38.2 kWh battery. That will give the plugin a 62-mile range on electric-only, enough to cover a large chunk of the average person’s daily local driving with a single overnight charge.
The full-electric version is due in 2024, and will have no internal combustion engine installed. Even so, it’ll be the most powerful and high-performance Range Rover variant, eclipsing even the BMW V8-powered P530 model. The instant response of an electric motor means you’ll get a faster 0-60 time than any of the internal combustion variants, all of which will have to wind up a gasoline engine to its peak powerband.
But powerful acceleration isn’t the primary goal of the new Range Rover – don’t expect it to go against a Tesla Plaid for 0-60 times.
Finbar McFall, Land Rover's global executive director of vehicle programs, told CNET’s Roadshow that “we're not chasing headline figures.” For Range Rover buyers, acceleration is “almost a secondary or tertiary message…it's not really why people buy Range Rovers.”
The primary reason people come to the dealership for yet another Range Rover? Capability and refinement. And electric will only help with the refinement, keeping the noise in the cabin down as much as possible without an internal combustion motor banging around upfront. It’ll even be able to keep up with the gas-powered versions’ towing specs!
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