The New Range Rover delivers peerless refinement and combines the comfort of a luxury sedan with the all-conquering off-road capability and Command Driving Position that have been Range Rover hallmarks for more than half a century.
The flagship of the Land Rover family represents the pinnacle of refined capability thanks to advanced hardware and software systems working in harmony. This unrivalled breadth of dynamic capability is governed by Land Rover’s Integrated Chassis Control System – its suite of advanced technologies tailor the vehicle to suit every mile of every journey using a network of sensors to pre-emptively and reactively fine-tune the driving characteristics.
Flexible Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA-Flex)
New mixed-metal architecture uses the right material in the right places to create a safe and strong body that is up to 50 percent stiffer than before, with a static torsional stiffness of 33kNm/deg. This generational improvement provides the perfect foundation for the advanced chassis systems to reach the optimum combination of ride quality and agility for the terrain.
The hardware is designed to accommodate the New Range Rover’s 23-inch wheels – a first for Land Rover – and 815mm diameter wheel/tyre combinations – all while delivering suspension geometry to support customary Range Rover capability. The new flow-formed alloy wheels have been carefully engineered to reduce weight and, as a result, the new larger alloys provide no increase in unsprung mass over the previous 22-inch designs, contributing to the supreme ride comfort and control provided by the suspension.
Every New Range Rover features All-Wheel Steering for heightened high-speed stability and effortless agility at low speeds. It ensures the New Range Rover is the most manoeuvrable ever, equally at home at high cruising speeds or negotiating tight urban streets.
The electrically operated rear axle steering provides up to 7.3 degrees of steering angle and, at low speeds, turns out-of-phase of the front wheels for enhanced agility. This gives the New Range Rover a turning circle of less than 11m, which is the smallest of any Land Rover and the same as small hatchback.
At speeds above 50km/h the rear axle turns in-phase with the front wheels, for exceptional stability and confidence. All-wheel steering also enhances all-terrain performance, assisting drivers when steering out of ruts, or maintaining a straight path on softer surfaces.
Dynamic Response Pro
The New Range Rover is the first Land Rover to feature Dynamic Response Pro – an advanced 48-volt electronic active roll control system that is faster-acting and more efficient than hydraulic systems and has an industry-leading torque capacity of 1,400Nm – with 900Nm available within 200 milliseconds.
This advanced technology manages body roll from lateral acceleration by continually optimising the damping forces on the front and rear anti-roll bars and has been engineered by Land Rover to work in harmony with other chassis systems. In Dynamic mode, body roll is further reduced for sharper responses and enhanced agility while the anti-roll bars can de-couple in off-road scenarios to maximise wheel travel and improve ride comfort. The system’s actuators even help the wheels to follow the terrain, improving traction on undulating surfaces.
As well as supporting capability and comfort, the electrified system also contributes to overall efficiency and provides a CO2 saving of up to 8g/km compared to previous hydraulic systems. In this way, Dynamic Response Pro is a crucial element in delivering the New Range Rover’s efficiency, composure and all-conquering capability.
Intelligent Electronic Air Suspension with Adaptive Dynamics and Twin Valve Damping
Fully-independent air suspension isolates the cabin from surface imperfections more effectively than ever before and combines industry-leading air spring volumes with twin-valve monotube dampers – all managed by in-house-developed next generation Adaptive Dynamics control software – for serene composure at all times.
The intelligent pre-emptive Electronic Air Suspension uses eHorizon Navigation data and a network of vehicle sensors to read its surroundings and prime the New Range Rover for any eventuality:
- Collision prevention – To enhance safety, the suspension automatically switches to Dynamic mode when the Forward Collision Warning system detects a collision risk, assisting the driver if evasive manoeuvres are required by delivering the most agile responses.
- Cornering control – eHorizon and vehicle speed data is used to determine when the New Range Rover is approaching a corner and to prepare the suspension for cornering forces, reducing body roll and enhancing the driving experience.
- Enhanced efficiency – Speed lowering makes use of eHorizon data for the first time, so the vehicle is able to detect dual carriageway driving more quickly and engage speed lowering sooner than before, to maximise the fuel efficiency benefit.
- Cruising composure – For supreme comfort, the system is also linked to the Adaptive Cruise Control, so the suspension is primed to cope with any pitching motions caused by changes to the vehicle speed.
The air suspension also provides variable ride height with four stages of elevation. Automatic Access Height allows customers to elegantly enter and exit the vehicle by lowering the vehicle by 50mm while Active Speed Lowering drops the body height by 16mm when cruising at above 105km/h for enhanced efficiency. In off-road situations, the body can be raised by 75mm and again by an additional 60mm to provide superior ground clearance.
Adaptive Dynamics is the second generation of Land Rover’s intelligent suspension control system and monitors a range of data to calculate the optimum damper settings. It senses the road 500 times per second and can adjust individual dampers to enhance control and comfort.
New faster-acting twin-valve Bilstein active dampers are the enabler here. They can react within 12 milliseconds and provide a 63 percent greater bandwidth of operation than before. Two continuously variable valves inside each damper adjust the damping force; one for the initial upwards movement, the other to control the forces generated during the downward rebound phase.
Each Terrain Response 2 setting has its own bespoke calibration to ensure the New Range Rover maintains its peerless composure in all situations and, just like Dynamic Response Pro, the advanced dampers are efficient as they do not draw any current in the most frequently used Comfort mode.
Intelligent All-Wheel Drive with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics
The intelligent All-Wheel Drive (iAWD) transmission is controlled by Land Rover’s Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD) system, which monitors grip levels and driver inputs 100 times per second to predictively distribute torque between the front and rear axles, and across the rear axle, for optimum traction on and off-road.
All-wheel drive is always connected when driving off-road, pulling away from a standstill, in cold weather (below three degrees Celsius) and at speeds above 160km/h, and all New Range Rovers feature a smooth shifting eight-speed automatic gearbox with twin-speed transmission for supreme low-speed control in off-road situations.
The intelligent system optimises efficiency by disconnecting drive to the front axle at speeds above 35km/h and up to 160km/h, which reduces drag losses by 30 percent and contributes to a reduction in CO2 emissions of up to 4g/km.
The torque-on-demand technology improves handling dynamics and reduces both weight and drag losses compared to a traditional AWD system, yet provides four-wheel drive whenever needed. The system constantly monitors vehicle data to act pre-emptively, so traction is always maintained and New Range Rover has the added ability to distribute torque to the front or rear axles for instinctive driving dynamics and confidence-inspiring capability at all times.
Electronic Active Differential with Torque Vectoring by Braking
The New Range Rover features an Active Locking Rear Differential as standard to optimise traction from the rear axle during high-speed cornering, on slippery surfaces and during off-road wheel articulation. It provides enhanced capability and driver confidence and is controlled by the IDD system. Together, the IDD system along with Torque Vectoring by Braking deliver the maximum available torque to the rear wheel with the greatest traction.
Torque Vectoring by Braking (TVBB) enhances agility, grip and cornering stability by constantly monitoring the balance and distribution of torque. The system controls understeer and oversteer by applying controlled braking to the inner or outer rear wheel, with the Electronic Active Differential also capable of locking the rear axle and creating a 50/50 split of torque across each rear wheel.
The Active Locking Rear Differential also enables heightened off-road capabilities. With the Electronic Active Differential acting as an open differential, it works with the Torque Vectoring by Braking system by braking the wheel that has the least grip or is spinning, and automatically transferring torque to the wheel with most grip to enable continuous progress.
Terrain Response 2 with Configurable Terrain Response
Land Rover’s latest Terrain Response technology optimises all-terrain capability by harnessing all of the vehicle chassis systems – from the iAWD, Dynamic Response Pro and All-Wheel Steering to the Electronic Air Suspension, brakes and electric power steering – to provide the perfect vehicle settings for the surroundings.
Terrain Response 2 was first introduced on Defender and includes Comfort (general driving), Dynamic, Eco, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud & Ruts, Sand, Rock Crawl and Wade modes, while Auto mode detects, selects and deploys the most appropriate setting for the terrain at any given time.
Configurable Terrain Response allows the driver to tailor a bespoke combination of settings to suit their precise requirements. The differentials, throttle, traction control and ride height are all configurable and up to four custom profiles can be stored.
Wade Mode locks the driveline, sets ride height to its maximum and closes all cabin vents, to allow the New Range Rover to ford up to 900mm of water. It also activates the Wade Sensing screen on the Pivi Pro system, allowing drivers to see the depth of surrounding water to provide ultimate confidence when fording deep water. Terrain Response even applies the brakes to ‘wipe’ the discs when a different Terrain Response mode is selected – ensuring full braking performance is available from the first application.
Land Rover’s All-Terrain Progress Control also supports drivers in extreme off-road situations, removing the stress of maintaining a low crawl speed, while Hill Descent Control ensures composure and control are maintained when driving down steep inclines.
The New Range Rover is available with technology that takes the stress out of hitching and towing a trailer. Advanced Tow Assist helps drivers complete difficult reversing manoeuvres by allowing them to steer trailers with their fingertips, using a rotary controller on the central console and trajectory lines projected on to the Pivi Pro touchscreen from the rear camera feed.
In addition, Advanced Tow Assist, Hitch Assist and Trailer Stability Control combine to provide convenience and confidence for customers, while the Electronically Deployable Towbar preserves the elegant lines of the New Range Rover when not in use by raising into position at the touch of a button.
Next generation braking performance
The New Range Rover features brake-by-wire technology which provides quicker and quieter responses than conventional systems, improving safety and enhancing the driving experience. An actuator-controlled piston operated by the foot pedal applies braking effort, delivering finer braking control.
The system comes into its own during low-speed off-road manoeuvres. When the Traction Control and Autonomous Emergency Braking systems are triggered, it can lock a wheel within 150 milliseconds – versus 300 milliseconds with a conventional set-up. In everyday use, Hill Launch Assist with Enhanced Hill Hold prevents the New Range Rover from rolling back on steep inclines – with a smoother transition from the brakes to power in all environments.
Land Rover’s new luxury SUV is the first vehicle in the world to combine this next generation braking technology with Active Brake Cooling. The active brake cooling ducts optimise aerodynamics by only opening when additional brake cooling is required – improving aerodynamic performance by six per cent – while lightweight brake discs contribute to both improved lifecycle emissions (up to 80kg reduction in CO2 equivalent across the lifetime of the vehicle) and driving dynamics by minimising unsprung mass.
The New Range Rover is the first Land Rover to have undergone virtual simulator testing to perform initial prototype testing. Over the last three years, Land Rover engineers have matched Formula 1 levels of simulator use and virtual development and have even mapped local roads around the Gaydon headquarters as part of this process. They have invested more than 140,000 hours of computational analysis prior to physical testing, reducing the number of real-world development miles required by the fleet of physical prototypes.
New Range Rover will go on sale in South Africa in 2022, when final prices and specifications will be confirmed.