The Range Rover, progenitor of the luxury SUV, hasn't had many rivals in its first 50 years. Now, with the arrival of six-figure SUVs from Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Lamborghini, as well as luxury SUVs from German and Asian brands, the fifth-generation Range Rover coming next year faces a very crowded landscape.
Jaguar Land Rover has not revealed much about the next Range Rover, except that electrified powertrains will be on the menu. That means there will be a plug-in hybrid model and very likely a battery-electric version. Those major changes, along with some self-driving tech, will influence the appearance of the next Range Rover.
It's a given that the next Range Rover, despite its advanced technologies, will retain some DNA strands from previous models — including the ability to go off-road and into the most inhospitable terrain in any weather without sacrificing safety or comfort, the high driving position and an ultra-luxurious interior.
The only mystery, really, is what the next Range Rover will look like, and that is something Gerry McGovern, Land Rover's chief creative officer, doesn't mind talking about in general terms.
"It will be breathtaking in its modernity," McGovern told Automotive News from his home in Warwickshire, England.
That isn't just a vague boast. It's actually very specific. McGovern is saying two things: First, he is aware that the original 1970-95 Range Rover's classic looks have never gone out of style, but the 2022 Range Rover will not be a retro throwback. McGovern also is saying he recognizes the enthusiasm younger buyers have expressed for such vehicles as the Rivian R1S and the Tesla Cybertruck.