During World War II, military jeeps were all the rage. At the end of the war, and the army no longer needed it, manufacturers like Willys-Overland began to sell civilian versions, which we know today as Jeep CJ and then Wrangler. British automaker Land Rover also built utility off-road vehicles on the same principle as the Jeep, and eventually started selling civilian versions, which became the production Land Rovers and eventually the Defender. Today, Tata Motors owns both Land Rover and Jaguar Cars.
However, Land Rover is also known to have recognized early on what is a huge market these days; the luxury SUV. After various prototypes and design studies, they came up with what is widely regarded as the first luxury SUV; the original Range Rover in 1970. Over 50 years later, the Range Rover is still often regarded as the benchmark luxury SUV, and its reputation as a status and fashion symbol has not changed at all. Although a new model is expected soon, the current car remains an excellent luxury SUV.
2021 Range Rover preview
The 2021 Range Rover is a full-size luxury SUV. The fourth and current generation has been on sale since 2012, receiving a fairly full facelift in 2018. The Range Rover is part of the current and highly competitive crop of full-size luxury SUVs, competing with things like the BMW X7, Mercedes – Benz GLS, the recently revised Lincoln Navigator and the Cadillac Escalade.
Depending on how you set up your Rover, it can easily enter Bentley Bentayga and Rolls-Royce Cullinan territory. The 2018 facelift brought a new, slimmer headlight design, a redesigned grille, a new tail light and tailpipe design, and a completely redesigned interior. There are a variety of different trim levels for the Range Rover, depending on which engine you choose, as well as a short and long wheelbase model. There’s the base model, referred to simply as Range Rover, the better-equipped HSE, and new for 2021 is the Westminster Edition, along with the fully loaded SVAutobiography.
Range Rover powertrains and transmissions 2021
Land Rover offers the 2021 Range Rover with a variety of powertrains. Surprisingly, you can get a six cylinder diesel engine on some models. Specifically, a 3.0-liter developing 254 horsepower and 453 lb-ft of torque. There are also two 3.0-liter six-cylinder gasoline engines, both with mild hybrid technology. The less powerful develops 355 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque, while the more powerful develops 395 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque. Then there is the PHEV plug-in hybrid model, which uses a four cylinders motor. Don’t worry, though. Coupled with the electric motor, the PHEV develops 398 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque, and offers a decent 19-mile electric range.
Finally, available exclusively on Autobiography models is the 5.0-liter supercharged gasoline V8. In Autobiography and Westminster models, it develops 518 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque, but this increases to 557 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque in SVAutobiography models. Naturally, all Range Rover models are fitted with permanent all-wheel drive and power is transmitted to the wheels via an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. When it comes to driving experience, very few cars can match the Range Rover in terms of luxury and peace of mind on the go. Even fewer can match it in terms of off-road capability.
Range Rover 2021 Comfort And Quality
Inside, the Range Rover is as luxurious and opulent as one might expect. Upgraded trim levels get leather-trimmed headlining, plus massage seats, and all models come standard with a heated steering wheel. The facelift brought a new center console with redesigned air conditioning controls, but unfortunately the latest Pivi Pro infotainment system has yet to be applied to the large Range Rover. Still, the system used here has found its way into the Velar, and it’s still a decent system, albeit a bit slow at times.
You can also get the Range Rover with things like a Meridian audio system, a panoramic view camera, a DVD player and a rear entertainment system. In terms of security features, there’s a handle as standard, with more available through some pretty expensive option packs. There is adaptive cruise control with steering assistance, parking aid, blind spot monitoring, ford detection system for off-roading and a variety of other things. The Range Rover can accommodate five passengers and has 34.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up. Fold them down, and it increases to 70.9 cubic feet, while the long-wheelbase model increases total cargo volume to 77.5 cubic feet. Although it’s near the bottom of the class, it’s still quite large.
Range Rover price and launch 2021
The 2021 Range Rover is available to order starting October 2021. The base Short Wheelbase Range Rover has an MSRP of $ 92,000, while the Long Wheelbase model increases significantly to $ 117,500. The long wheelbase is only available with the supercharged V8, and paired with the SVAutobiography trim level, the price is $ 211,000.
Even though the latest Range Rover is very expensive, it is definitely worth it. It’s still the undisputed king of luxury SUVs, and it’s easily the best-performing off-roader and the only one to emphasize that. Plus, owning a Range Rover and saying you own a Range Rover gets a lot of kudos even among non-car enthusiasts. Just try to ignore the enthusiastic comments about spotty reliability.
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