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First pictures: new Range Rover

According to Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director, this new fifth-generation Range Rover is “the most desirable Range Rover ever.” Fair enough, you’d expect him to say that, but the problem is, it’s hard not to agree.

With a starting price of – are you sitting down? – £94,400, nobody is pretending that they’re going to be filling up the company car fleet lists any time soon, but a surprising number of Range Rovers are bought as business wheels in their various forms and guises.

And if the first details are anything to go by, that’s going to be even more of them in future due to the huge expansion of the line-up. For the first time, there will be four, five and seven-seater versions of the Range Rover as well as standard and long-wheelbase models (the latter 200mm longer).

Company car drivers are likely to be particularly interest because as well as the availability of traditional petrol and diesel models with mild-hybrid technology, Land Rover will introduce two new plug-in hybrid versions with 440bhp or 510bhp from the combined 3.0-litre petrol engine and 38kW battery.

With emissions from just 26g/km and an official fully-charged range of up to 62 miles, that means that both versions of the new plug-in hybrid Range Rover will boast a Benefit-in-Kind tax rate of just 7 per cent for 21/22 and then 8 per cent for the following three years (the first PHEVs aren’t likely to be delivered until FY22/23, slightly later than the spring 2022 for the rest of the range).

Furthermore, the Range Rover can travel on full electric mode at speeds of up to 87mph and a 0 to 80 per cent charge will take one hour at a 50kW charger. At a standard home wallbox, a full charge will take seven hours. Both plug-in hybrids will be available in the standard and long-wheelbase versions, although frustratingly neither plug-in hybrid can be combined with the new seven-seater layout due to weight restrictions.

A fully electric version of the new Range Rover will be go on sale in 2024, although Land Rover is remaining tight-lipped on any further details on that version.

Nat Barnes

 

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