Land Rover has revealed an all-new Range Rover with a revolutionary design, new engines, and luxury that one could argue is on par with Rolls-Royce and Bentley. In the U.S. the new Range Rover is scheduled to launch in early 2022 as a 2023 model, and it will be available with the choice of a hybrid engine or one that’s sourced from none other than BMW. Beyond this, a PHEV is planned to launch in the next couple of years, but Land Rover might have something else in its bag of tricks, and it just might surprise you.
Land Rover Range Rover – Powered by Hydrogen?
Land Rover’s new MLA platform underpins the new Range Rover, and what’s cool about this platform is that it can accommodate a range of powertrains from your traditional fuel-powered engines to various forms of hybridization and electrification. Following the revel of the new Range Rover, Autocar is now reporting that that’s something else that we didn’t know about the MLA platform – it is capable of supporting a hydrogen powertrain!
According to that report, Land Rover’s Program Director, Nick Miller, confirmed the MLA platform’s ability to support a hydrogen powertrain but went even further to suggest and admit that a hydrogen-powered Range Rover could actually happen. According to Miller, it wouldn’t be the main electric offering, but it would be “complementary” to the battery electric powertrains and will have something to do with Land Rover’s plan to go carbon-neutral by 2036 at the latest.
We don’t have a whole lot of information outside of this, but Land Rover has been working on a hydrogen-powered Defender, and that suggests that we could see a hydrogen-powered concept from Land Rover sometime in the near future. The battery powered Range Rover, which will be more of a wide-spread offering will likely be developed in partnership between Land Rover and BMW. According to the report, this partnership will focus on the development of a new electric drive system. The Range Rover EV will also be available with at least two electric motors, and it could be more powerful than any of LR’s current combustion-powered vehicles.
As of now, by the way, the most powerful electric Range rover is the P510e that’s only offered in Europe. It features a 38.2-kWh battery, a 141-horsepower electric motor (integrated into the transmission), and a 3.0-liter inline-six that delivers a total system output of 510 horsepower. It can even hit 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 5.6 seconds. Those of us here in the U.S., however, won’t see anything close until 2023 when the Range Rover PHEV will launch with just 434 horsepower on tap.