Jaguar Land Rover doesn’t see a slinky silhouette and reduced off-road ability as being impediments for a Range Rover-branded product, while it also sees an opportunity for the eponymous Range Rover to go even further upmarket.
Auto Express reports the new Range Rover crossover – referred to in the past as the Road Rover – will be the lowest and sleekest SUV ever to bear the Range Rover name, while the flagship Range Rover will be positioned to better rival the Bentley Bentayga.
On the new model line’s unorthodox design and more road-focused performance, Land Rover design director Gerry McGovern told Auto Express, “For me, what we’ve actually shown is the ability of the brand to stretch and be different. We always have been quite pioneering. Let me just put it this way – if people like Bentley and Rolls-Royce can do an SUV, why can’t Land Rover or Range Rover do a luxury car?”
The two SUVs will also use a wide range of powertrains, including plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid variants and the brand’s first all-electric powertrain, though not all will be available at launch. The Range Rover EV should arrive in 2022.
The MLA architecture supports batteries as large as 100kWh, capable of providing an electric range of around 482km. Both SUVs will use electric motors on both axles, though the flagship SUV will likely use a larger battery.
Though the new Range Rover model line will be the brand’s most rakish yet, the regular Range Rover’s design will take a more evolutionary approach.