Compact ‘Road Rover’ electric SUV in the works; Range Rover Electric 7 years away

Jaguar Land Rover has a whole line of electric SUVs in the product plan and few of them are from the Land Rover brand. Of these upcoming models is a compact Road Rover electric SUV that would challenge the likes of the Tesla Model Y.

According to a report from carmagazine.co.uk, the Road Rover is a new type of product – kind of a Jaguar I-Pace with the shell of a Range Rover, suggests the report. Internally, the first Land Rover electric SUV goes by the codename ‘Land Rover L392 and it is expected to rock a low-slung SUV-coupe design like the Range Rover Velar instead of like a fluidic Jaguar I-Pace, only smaller.

JLR is putting the Road Rover on the MLA-mid architecture, a version of the MLA (Modular Longitudinal Architecture) that can form the basis for ICE vehicles, MHEVs, PHEVs and BEVs and will give us the next gen Jaguar XJ. The company is likely to offer the Road Rover with 100 kWh and 120 kWh Lithium-ion battery packs developed using BMW Group’s technology. Two model variants, with the base variant’s motors generating 496 hp and 575 lb.-ft. and the top-end variant’s motors churning out 603 hp and 642 lb.-ft is reported. As for the drivetrain layout, a single-speed reduction gearbox and a single motor on each axle are planned.

As for the Road Rover’s range, JLR is targeting a figure of around 300 miles as per Europe’s WLTP test procedure, says a report from whatcar.com. Another bit of Road Rover information mentioned in this report is it would offer the largest passenger and cargo space of all Land Rover SUVs on sale.

Range Rover electric on the horizon

A Range Rover electric is inevitable but it’s quite far from becoming reality. The British publication says that we must wait until 2027 for a Range Rover EV to show up, which means it is two model generations away. For us in the US, 2028 could be the year when we get to see it debut in New York, one of the Range Rover’s biggest metropolitan markets.

Road Rover FAQ

What is the Road Rover release date?

JLR hasn’t confirmed a Road Rover yet, but 2022 could be the year of its release.

What are the potential Road Rover rivals?

The Road Rover would challenge the likes of the Tesla Model Y & Fisker Ocean.