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2022 Range Rover: Nothing on the planet to match it

2022 RANGE ROVER – The looks might not be stunning but Land Rover has produced a vehicle that has the most tech of any on/off-roader on the planet. Image: Land Rover

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – The monster in the pictures is the latest version of the now 75-year-old Land Rover (sub-title: Range Rover) said to have advanced technology and the ability to carry up to seven people in luxury.

Which, over the years, is what the Ranger brand has always claimed. Read on… the vehicles will be in South African showrooms later this year- 2022.

Land Rover calls the new package ”flexible modular longitudinal architecture” (do automakers have special meetings to dream up these names?) which is said to have smart technology that ”makes it the most advanced and luxurious SUV the world has yet seen”.

ELEGANCE SEATED IN ELEGANCE: There are so many seating arrangements you won’t know where to sit. Image: Land Rover

Better tell you all about it, then, and insert some cool images. Sit back and tap…

The 2022 Range Rover’s ”next-generation” shell lays the foundation for its refinement. Flexible Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA-Flex, if you wish) is said to deliver ”new levels of body stiffness and noise isolation”.

ELECTRIC RANGIE COMING

Its cabin flexibility ability will appear in standard and long-wheelbase units powered by a V8 petrol, Ingenium petrol, or diesel mill and ”efficient extended-range plug-in hybrids”. Soon, Landy adds, there will be pure battery power.

Given the correct material for each element of its design, Land Rover engineers optimised weight and stiffness facilitated by a series of three transverse rings within the body structure at the A, C, and D pillars.

‘High-strength’ steels – for example, in a fourth rigidity-ring around the front door apertures – and innovative metal-castings deliver torsional stiffness up to 50% superior to that in earlier models – even with ”a full-length panoramic roof”.

PANORAMIC VIEW FOR THE DRIVER: Image: Land Rover

(NB: There is no such thing as a ‘panoramic’ roof unless you stick your head through it. – Editor.’)

The steel front bulkhead (‘twixt front folks’ toes and the engine bay) has a section like domestic double-glazing to keep out noise and vibration – the reduction is said to be 24% greater than earlier Landies.

“The overall result,” Landy says, ”makes the cabin one of the quietest of any road vehicle.” Until, however, the 600W Meridian Signature Sound System that includes a pair of speakers in each of the four main head restraints for a total of 1680W and a truly unique sound experience is turned on.”

We bet…

TAKE THE OFFICE WITH YOU. (There’s also space for a secretary. Or two.) – Image: Land Rover

‘Active Noise Cancellation’ monitors wheel vibration, tyre, and engine noise and generates a cancelling signal played through the system’s 35 main speakers.

”It has,” L-R says, ”five times the noise cancellation range of previous systems thanks to two 60mm diameter speakers in the four main head restraints. The multi-disciplinary technology uses the same speakers for high-fidelity music playback, Bluetooth phone operation, navigation, parking-bump alerts, and even warning sounds for the driver thanks to10 digital signal processors that deliver five times the processing power of the previous system and can process as many as 50 audio streams.

Land Rover engineers measured its ability to allow cabin conversation and rated it ”the quietest vehicle of its kind in the world* with road, wind, and vehicle noise all but eliminated.

AERODYNAMIC EXCELLENCE

”Clever aerodynamics,” Landy says, ”have made a significant contribution to the latest Range Rover’s hushed interior.” Design and Engineering divisions have worked together to create the unmistakable silhouette of a Range Rover but with a drag co-efficient of only 0.30 – the lowest of any luxury SUV.

The 10mm lower roofline has cut the frontal area with no compromise to interior space; flush doors and glass cause smooth airflow, and the boat-tail rear ensures air departs cleanly.

Electric units will have battery packs slung under the floor but enclosed by aero shields designed to withstand all-terrain driving.

KEEPING IT CLEAN

Cabin Air Purification Pro1 combines technology for allergen reduction and pathogen removal to ”significantly” reduce odours and viruses while other filtration devices enhance air quality.

Advanced nanoeTM X technology doesn’t use a filter to capture bad stuff. It condenses cabin moisture then breaks it into tiny electrically-charged particles. The system is said to give 20 times better cabin-air quality – eliminating up to 97% of viruses, bacteria, and pollutants.

LEATHER: OF COURSE! The seating arrangements in the 2022 Range Rover are almost unlimited – even at a sport meeting Image: Land Rover

The system can be activated before driver and passengers climb aboard and all seven-seat units will also have conventional air-conditioning.

NEW SUSPENSION SYSTEMS

The Range Rover claims to be the first luxury SUV – way back in 1992 – to have electronic air-suspension; that pioneering approach has now led to eHorizon Navigation that reads road undulations and curves ahead and primes the suspension to suit.

Industry-leading air springs then react within five millisecs to provide optimum ride control. Adaptive cruise control does its bit by controlling body pitch. At the other end of the scale Active Speed Lowering uses eHorizon to identify road surfaces suited to high speeds.

DOORS LIKE NO OTHERS

Even the Rangies’ power-assisted doors have been stuffed with tech: hazard and obstacle detection and anti-pinch will ensure than all trips start and with customary refinement and sophistication. Here’s how…

Flush deployable door releases work with Approach Unlock/Walkaway Lock that senses the arrival/departure of the of the key fob. Clever, hey, especially when laden with packages from Dior, etc…

Wings-mounted radar will warn of rear-approaching vehicles, detect approaching traffic from the rear, and ultrasonic sensors embedded in each door will detect obstacles within their opening sweep and stop before impact.

READ MORE Land/Range Rover features here

Anti-pinch and solid-state gyroscopes will not allow objects to be trapped as the doors close – and the whole operation will even work off-road: if the vehicle is parked on a front/rear slope or if leaning sideways. And more – the doors can be closed by the driver pressing the brake pedal.

The doors can also be operated from a central touchscreen or an extra switch by the grab handles; a switch on the end of each door and the door handle can be used to initiate closure from the outside.

Or you can just push them shut.

SEATS, ANY WHICH WAY

There are three seating arrangements: four or five in standard or LWB units and seven in another LWB option. Executive Class rear seats combine four-seat comfort with five-seat versatility. At the push of a button, a centre console slides into position as the centre rear seatback separates the two outer seats.

It houses a 20cm touchscreen with which the rear of the wagon can be fine-tuned. Executive Class seats add shoulder support with heatable armrests in the doors. Comfort-Plus seats add a heated heel-catcher and calf-rest.

SERIOUSLY TECHNICAL SUSPENSION: Image: Land Rover

The cabin’s ”atmosphere” offers 30-colour cabin lighting in the doors, console footwells, and instruments and, on seven-seat models, third-row armrests. Seatbelt buckles illuminate at night. 

The centre console has flexible open spaces for everyday items, a closed three-litre space big enough for an iPad. The area can also have a fridge to take four 500ml bottles or 330ml cans.

Wealthy owners will have a lot of Vuitton stuff to haul so the Rangies have a split tailgate same as their 1970 forebears. Five-seat units debut an auto loadspace cover. The floor is hinged to serve as a backrest when using the lower tail door as outdoor seating.

TIP THE TAILGATE AND YOU GET A STADIUM. Image: Land Rover

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