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New 2022 Range Rover USA Order Guide has arrived…

Thank you & enjoy!

22MY New Range Rover: New Vehicle Content, Pricing, and Order Guide (PDF, 10.6MB)

22MY New Range Rover: New Vehicle Content, Pricing, and Order Guide (PDF, 10.6MB)

There can be only one

The new Range Rover has arrived and it’s perfect.

Everywhere else has all the facts, here are the things I found interesting with a disclaimer – some of this is probably US vs UK nonsense. The US press releases are always quite pared down as to make us forget about the things we won’t see here. This next bits of nonsense are all from the full 57 page UK release. A good example is how much the UK PR focused on the new headlights while the US PR doesn’t mention any of that cool stuff.

The one thing I hated about the new Range Rover were those dumb Velar door handles. (although they do help contribute to new Range Rover’s drag coefficient of 0.30, the lowest of any luxury SUV)

From the official Velar website – and spoiler alert using the door handle button is still pressing a button:

Keyless Entry in Velar

Keyless entry allows you to lock and un-lock your vehicle without pressing a button. Simply approach the vehicle with the key fob in your pocket or bag, and unlock and disarm the vehicle using the door handle. One press of the start button and the engine starts up. When leaving the vehicle, you can lock Range Rover Velar by simply pressing the button on the door handle, or by using the key fob.

Back to the UK PR for the new Range Rover – this is all I wanted:

New Range Rover Approach Unlock

The effortless experience begins with the flush deployable door handles, which feature new Approach Unlock and Walkaway Locking with Proximity Sensing, so the doors unlock and the handles deploy automatically when a key fob is detected approaching the vehicle. When leaving the vehicle, customers can simply walk away and, once the key fob has left its immediate vicinity, the handles retract and the vehicle locks.

Next up, also door related – all four doors on the new Range Rover are power assisted. How will that work?

New Range Rover Power Assisted Doors

Once inside, the driver’s door can also be closed by pressing the brake pedal. The doors can also be operated using the central touchscreen or an additional switch by the grab handles, while a switch on the end of each door and the door handle can be used to initiate closure from the outside. Alternatively, manual closure can be initiated by a simple push on the door.

Similar to what the Jaguar F-Pace got in it’s 2021 updates – Purify aka Cabin Air Purge via Remote

Purify aka Cabin Air Purge via Remote

Using Land Rover’s Remote app technology, the Purify functionality allows customers to cleanse the cabin air prior to their journey and without the need for a remote engine start. It includes cabin purge and cabin purification functionality. All four-zone Climate Control vehicles come with an additional heater and air-conditioning unit, and nanoe X device specifically for the rear cabin. 

An interesting call out for the future of Range Rover design – like how the side gills of the third generation evolved into the new Range Rover side graphic:

Precision here was critical to the success of the design and the way the rear lights are integrated with the overall form of the vehicle will become a Range Rover signature.

That’s all for now – I’ll keep on studying!

The New Range Rover will make its global debut on Tuesday October 26th, 2021

  • Modern luxury by design: First image provides official glimpse of the new luxury SUV
  • Watch the livestream: Join the reveal from 3:40PM EST on Land Rover’s YouTube channel
  • Find out more: Sign up for updates at landrover.com/newrangerover
  • Be the first: Order books open in line with the world debut on October 26th

More on the N598 Defender X Smoked Tail lights Recall

The great guys at Powerful UK made a video of the actual fault – really cool stuff.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) safety campaign 21V435000 covers 2,622 units of the Land Rover Defender, made from July 15, 2020 to May 26, 2021, all fitted with the OEM smoked tail lights.

The bulletin states, “Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC (Land Rover) is recalling certain 2020-2022 Defender X vehicles equipped with smoked rear light assemblies. A voltage spike, triggered by a bright light shining on the rear of the vehicle, can cause the turn signals, brake lights, and tail lights to fail.”.

Dealers will replace the rear light assemblies, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed August 3, 2021. Owners can contact Land Rover customer service at 1-800-637-6837. Land Rover’s number for this recall is N598.

More from the Safety Recall Report:

A concern has been identified on 2020 to 2022MY Defender X vehicles which are specified with smoked rear lamp assemblies. Should an intense light source shine directly on the rear of an affected vehicle at a certain angle, the stop, turn signal and/or tail lamp may experience a photovoltaic over-voltage event, and cease to function. In the case of turn signals and stop lamps, the condition resets without driver intervention and operation will resume absent of the
intense light source. In the case of tail lamp operation, the lamps will extinguish until power feed is cycled such as an ignition off/on or turning the lamps off and then on at the lighting control switch. Where the rear lamp system fails to illuminate, other road users will not be aware of the vehicle may be slowing down, stopping, or changing direction.
During darkness, where the tail lamps have extinguished, following drivers may not realize the presence of a vehicle ahead. Each of these failed state conditions will increase the risk of a crash.

The supplier reported an intense source of light in direct line with the smoked rear lamp vertical and
horizontal axes would cause a reverse voltage condition created by photovoltaic behaviour within the light
emitting diode (LED) components of the rear lamps. During an over-voltage event, the self-protection logic of
the rear lamp system will turn off the rear lamp when over-voltage is detected in order to protect the electrical
circuits from damage.

Next Range Rover appears to drop the roof crossbeam for wide open views

It’s possible they add the crossbeam as a separate part from the main body. I’m going hope it’s gone and the next Range Rover, L460, gets even more glass. It’s also possible that this is what a fixed glass roof looks like vs. a roof that slides open.

Also don’t forget we might be seeing some of that Continental Intelligent Glass Control up there

Does anyone have a BIW pic of the L405 for rear side window size comparison? The one past the C pillar, I can’t remember what they call it – DLO or something?