Autocar October 27, 2021

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the new range rover moves the game on

IT’S REMARKABLE how fresh and contemporary the Mk4 Range Rover still felt on a recent extended drive. Indeed, the nine-year-old model toppled the much newer – and more expensive – Bentley Bentayga on these pages as recently as April. More remarkable still is just how dated the current Range Rover now looks parked next to the all-new fifth-generation car, revealed this week (p6). Such is progress. The Range Rover has reached that ‘mature’ stage of its existence after more than five decades on sale, where design conventions are so well established that it can confidently pursue an evolutionary process, refining a proven and much-imitated successful recipe rather than seeking an unnecessary reinvention. Yet this is a Range Rover with more riding on it than ever. It is the first in a new era…

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fifth-generation range rover leads brand-wide overhaul

GOT A STORY? Email our news editor “The new Range Rover EV, confirmed for launch in 2024, will be the brand’s first all-electric model” Land Rover’s bold new era has begun with the unveiling of the long-awaited fifth generation of its full-sized Range Rover. The flagship model has been completely redesigned, updated and upgraded in all respects and substantially electrified in line with the company’s radical plan to slash emissions across its line-up. The new Range Rover is making its debut following the culmination of a five-year, seven million-hour testing programme and ahead of its market launch in spring of next year. The reinvented Porsche Cayenne rival will spearhead a top-to-bottom overhaul of Land Rover’s line-up, in which each model will be offered with a fully electric option by the end of the decade.…

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in detail

LUXURY FURNISHINGS SV’s rear table is mounted on a sculptural bracket formed from billet aluminium, described as “an exquisite piece of technical engineering”. BIRD’S-EYE VIEW Stadium-style arrangement in the seven-seater means rearmost passengers sit 41mm higher than the driver for improved visibility. EASE OF OPENING Electrically assisted doors can open in three seconds, with ultrasonic sensors detecting any obstacles within their sweep. CLEAN AIR ACT New cabin purifying function uses ‘dual nanoe’ technology to fight odours, viruses and bacteria. Land Rover says the system is 99% effective against Covid-19. NO ANNOYING NOISE Noise-cancelling speakers in the headrests monitor road noise, wheel vibrations and engine sound, reacting with a signal of equal strength. EASY REAR ACCESS Electrically operated second-row seats fold forward in just eight seconds to provide walk-through access to the full-sized third-row seats. DEVICE INTEGRATION Integrated wi-fi provides simultaneous internet access for…

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what’s next for the rest of the range rover family?

EVOQUE The current Evoque arrived in 2019 and is not due to be replaced until around 2024, when it will move on to the new EV-oriented EMA platform alongside the closely related Land Rover Discovery Sport. A tangible move upmarket is expected from the Mk3 Evoque, which is also set to be offered with a range-extender EV powertrain featuring a small-capacity petrol motor to bolster the reserves of its battery. RANGE ROVER SPORT Land Rover has yet to detail the new Range Rover Sport, which is likely to arrive around a year after the full-sized flagship. A prototype of the hot SVR version was recently spotted track testing, sporting a more rakish roofline and four beefy exhausts, hinting at its sporting intent. A similar powertrain line-up will be offered, but Land Rover’s electrification plans for…

2 min
jlr steps into electrified future

Thierry Bolloré’s radical reinvention plans for Jaguar Land Rover centre on the electrification of both brands. Under the plan the firm will launch six pure-electric variants over the next five years, starting with the Range Rover EV in 2024. All Land Rover models will offer a fully electric powertrain option by the end of the decade in line with the brand’s ambition to achieve a 60% EV sales mix by that point. The electric Range Rover, which will serve as a rival to the BMW iX and Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV, remains under wraps (even camouflaged prototypes have yet to hit public roads), but visually it is unlikely to differ substantially from the ICE-powered car. The subtle evolution of the Range Rover’s design over the years suggests its recognisable silhouette is intrinsic…

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next on the agenda: finding an heir for the micra

Nissan will now look to source underpinnings from Alliance partners Mitsubishi and Renault for models in other segments, including saloons, hatchbacks and most notably a small car to replace the Micra. “We will look to the Alliance for a full line-up and powertrains,” said the firm’s Europe boss, Guillaume Cartier. One topic that is still open is the entry [Micra-sized replacement]. Key points are how we offer something from the Alliance with the Nissan brand.” He added that making it profitable was the main issue, and that the car “absolutely” would be an EV. The focus on electrification means that Nissan will not invest in combustion-engine technology to meet Euro 7 emissions standards, which are due to rolled out in Europe in the middle of the decade. “Strategically, we bet on electrification,” said Cartier.…