An all-electric Range Rover SUV is scheduled to be revealed for a 2024 global market release as part of JRL’s rapid push towards electrification. The upcoming model will be just one of six EVs to be released in the next five years.
Speaking to company CEO Thierry Bolloré, Motor Trend reports that the first of the lot will adopt the firm’s Modular Longitudinal Architecture while smaller models such as the Discovery Sport and Evoque will employ the Electric Modular Architecture. The first all-electric Range Rover SUV could be produced at the manufacturer’s Halewood factory.
The decision to converge platforms offers manufacturing flexibility for Land Rover but the downfall is a heavier and more compromised architecture due to the needs of having to to accommodate two completely different powertrains. However, as Bolloré insists, Land Rovers must remain the most capable SUVs in their segment. That includes having internal combustion engine models able to operate in remote areas.
With this in mind, the convergence platform is believed to be the best solution for the time being. Bolloré says Land Rover “will achieve zero tailpipe emissions by 2036,” by which time we can assume all models will be built on a dedicated BEV platform.
Particular rumours led us to believe that Land Rover’s first EV was going to be a sporty model that was referred to within the company as the Road Rover. But, with Jaguar moving to become a pure electric brand by 2025, that idea has been axed. Instead, expect a battery-powered version of the fifth-gen flagship Range Rover, the final design of which is expected to be an evolution of today’s model.