This past week saw the unveiling of the all-new Range Rover, the first designed-from-the-ground model in almost a decade.
Already the subject of controversy for its rear-end styling that pays homage to the original, the new model nonetheless rates as an important one for Jaguar-Land Rover (JLR) as it rides on a new platform optimised for electrification.
Boasting a completely new interior, improved on-and-off-road dynamics and standard availability of a locking differential, the newcomer also sees the end of the much loved Ford made, Jaguar developed supercharged V8 engine.
In its place, the flagship powerunit now comes in the form of BMW’s 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8, the first Munich made engine to feature underneath the bonnet since Land Rover’s offloading to Ford by the German marque over two decades ago.
Producing 390kW/750Nm, the V8 will be one of four engines confirmed for the South African-spec model.
The others being the D350 powered by the mild-hybrid 257kW/700Nm 3.0 Ingenium straight-six turbodiesel and the two new plug-in hybrids; the P440e and P510e, both powered by the 3.0-litre straight-six Ingenium turbo-petrol paired to a 105 kW electric motor delivering combined respective outputs of 323 kW and 375 kW.
Land Rover has meanwhile confirmed availability of an all-electric model, but only from 2024 and unlikely for South Africa.
In most markets, the Range Rover will be offered in standard wheelbase five-seat form, five-or-seven-seat long wheelbase guise and in four-seat Signature Suite.
Pricing in the UK kicks-off at under the equivalent of R2-million, but expect the sticker for South Africa to be higher, possibly around the R2.5-million mark as the current outgoing range starts at a smidge over R2.2-million.
Jaguar-Land Rover South Africa has confirmed availability of the Range Rover from the middle of next year.