5 things to know about the next-gen Range Rover PHEV (2022 launch)

The 2022 Range Rover plug-in hybrid (2022 Range Rover PHEV) has been announced and it means business. Unlike its predecessor, it comes in two variants – P440e and P510e, and they pack a bigger engine for more performance and more advanced electrification technologies for a long range. Let’s take a detailed look at the electrified variants.

Superior Performance

The 2022 Range Rover PHEV sports a 3.0-liter Ingenium straight-six gasoline engine that works with a 105 kW electric motor. The Range Rover P440e gets 440 PS (434 hp) of system power and 620 Nm (457 lb.-ft.) of system torque. The Range Rover P510e has a higher tuning of 510 PS (503 hp) and 700 Nm (516 lb.-ft.), respectively. Both variants have an 8-speed automatic gearbox and an all-wheel drive system as standard.

The plug-in hybrid variants have the capability to achieve top speeds of up to 87 mph on electric mode. In the P510e, a 0-60 mph sprint takes only 5.3 seconds (0-62 mph in 5.6 seconds). Disappointingly, Land Rover has confirmed only the P440e for the U.S. market. The towing capacity of the all-new Range Rover P510e is the same as that of the outgoing model’s P400e variant – 2,500 kg (5,512 lbs).

Excellent Range

The new Range Rover PHEV has a lithium-ion battery mounted under the cabin floor, within the wheelbase. Land Rover says that it has engineered the battery casing using Boron steel to ensure safety in extreme 4×4 conditions. The battery shield can support the weight of the vehicle balanced on a single axle. It’s possible to fit a full-sized spare wheel in the plug-in hybrid SUV.

The lithium-ion battery has a usable capacity of 31.8 kWh, and it can provide a pure electric range of up to 62 miles. Realistically, however, Land Rover is expecting a 50-mile range in EV mode, which is not bad either for this mammoth of an SUV. The company says that the all-new plug-in hybrid model should deliver a real-world combined range of around 400 miles. EPA-est. figures should come out in 2022.

When using the new Tailgate Event Suite feature, thanks to the 31.8 kWh battery, the dimmable spotlights can provide high-tensity task lighting for up to 88 hours instead of just two hours on the non-plug-in-hybrid variants.

2022 Range Rover PHEV drivetrain
The next gen Range Rover PHEV has a 31.8 kWh lithium-ion battery mounted under the cabin floor. Image Source: Jaguar Land Rover

Navigation-based energy usage

The 2022 Range Rover PHEV optimizes electric energy usage based on eHorizon navigation data. Under hybrid operation, geo-fencing technology uses navigation and location data through eHorizon to automatically preserve and prioritize EV mode.

If the selected route includes a low-emissions zone, the plug-in hybrid system will ensure that the battery has the electricity to offer EV mode driving while in that zone, even if that means driving only using petrol earlier. Moreover, the plug-in hybrid system preserves charging to drive in EV mode for the last 6 km (4 miles) of journeys in urban areas, ensuring a quiet and relaxed arrival at the destination.

Fast-charging

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Few PHEVs globally offer DC fast-charging capability, and the Range Rover PHEV is one. It’s possible to charge the 31.8 kWh battery at up to 50 kW. Fast-charging to 80% SoC takes less than an hour. Using a domestic 7.2 kW AC wall box charger, it takes five hours to fully charge the battery.

Deferred launch for the Range Rover PHEV

The 2022 Range Rover PHEV prices aren’t available yet. Land Rover has confirmed that the all-new Range Rover PHEV will become available to order in early 2022. The company has also confirmed that it will be an MY2023 model in the U.S. So, don’t expect its U.S. launch to take place before the second half of 2022.

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