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Auto review: The 2022 Range Rover is a sublime lesson in modernist reductive luxury design

Larry Printz, Tribune News Service on

Published in Automotive News

The Range Rover can tow 8,3200 pounds and has up to 11.6 inches of ground clearance. And it has a mammoth 40.7 cubic foot cargo capacity, expanding to 83.5 cubic feet should you want to subject your pricey ride to schlepping stuff.

Of course, few conveyances have the breeding needed for ferrying royalty, CEOs, celebrities and other one-percenters as this all-terrain limousine. It's not a boulder basher but rather a sanctuary. Remarkably, it drives smaller than it is. Credit its rear-wheel steering makes for its agility and added stability. It makes for an unlikely, flingable, all-wheel drive box.

Tackling a mucky trail of wet goop, the Range Rover confronts it with the confidence and effortlessness you’d expect. Helpfully, cameras afford views in front and beside the vehicle, and the suspension adjusts to clear tall objects, ford three feet of water, or lower for high-speed highway cruising.

Of the two engines offered, the V-8 provides the smoother, silkier, effortless performance you’d expect of a luxury cruiser. The six-cylinder driveline is perfectly acceptable of course, but its mechanical movements are more apparent, but never intrusive.

All of this opulence doesn’t come cheap, but it’s not so pricey compared to some newcomers that don’t offer the rarefied and refined qualities of this newest Range Rover. Prices start at $104,500 for the short-wheelbase five-seat SE, and at $110,500 for the long wheelbase seven-seat SE. Opting for the V-8 requires ponying up $122,800 for a five-seat model, $128,800 with seven.

And just to confuse things further, the previous Range Rover that arrived in 2013 is still being sold as a 2022 model as well. Does it make sense? No, of course not.

But the Brits have cornered the market on offering outrageously opulent vehicles, and the all-new 2022 Range Rover is a prime example. You might not own an estate or some gentleman’s ranch out west. But you don’t have to in order to appreciate this SUV’s finest qualities.

2022 Range Rover P530 SWB

Base price: $164,000

 

Engine: Twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8

Horsepower/Torque: 523/553 pound-feet of torque

EPA fuel economy (city/highway): 16/21 mpg

Length/Width/Height: 199/81/74 inches

Ground clearance: 8.6-11.6 inches

Payload: 1,855 pounds

Cargo capacity: 40.7-83.5 cubic feet

Towing capacity: 8,200 pounds

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