Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is planning a “medium-sized” all-electric SUV that will be launched in late 2021 and sold under the company’s Range Rover brand.
First revealed in 2017, the all-electric SUV that was dubbed at the time “Road Rover” has now been referred to in company documents as a “medium-sized SUV” according to UK’s Autocar.
The electric Range Rover is epected to be somewhat smaller than the Range Rover Evoque but larger than the Velar, and will likely have a sleeker profile and smaller boot – perhaps borrowing Jaguar’s strategy to minimise weight in the I-Pace.
This may not equate to a smaller interior, however, thanks to extra space afforded by the lack of a petrol engine in the front. We also hope the new EV from Land Rover addresses space issues experienced in the back seat of the I-Pace.
The premium crossover, which was hinted at in June alongside reports of the revival of the Jaguar XJ in electric format, will play a key role in the British auto group’s “Destination Zero” electrification strategy.
The company has not officially released any statement regarding the electric Range Rover, although CEO Ralf Speth has said that the company would move forward with its electrification strategy after returning to profits in the latest quarter.
“Our people have responded very positively to the challenging circumstances over the past year,” he said in a statement.
“The improved performance this quarter reflects their ongoing passion and determination. Looking forward, we will continue our product offensive, broadening our range of electrified vehicles on the journey towards our Destination Zero future.”
Range Rover already has hybrid and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) versions of its Range Rover and Discovery models planned for release in the next financial year, and hte company has said that it will offer electrified versions of all its Jaguar and Land Rover models from 2020.
In June, JLR announced it has teamed up with German carmaker BMW in a deal that will see the two carmakers develop electric drivetrains together.
It is not known at this stage whether or not the electric Range Rover will use the same new flexible Modular Longitudinal Platform (MLA) the XJ will be built on, although for production purposes it is expected that the electric Range Rover will be twinned with the electric XJ, much in the same way the Velar and F-Pace SUVs are.
Bridie Schmidt is lead reporter for The Driven, sister site of Renew Economy. She specialises in writing about new technology and has been writing about electric vehicles for two years. She has a keen interest in the role that zero emissions transport has to play in sustainability and is co-organiser of the Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Forum.