NEW YORK — The day after Jaguar Land Rover pulled the covers off the redesigned 2022 Range Rover last week, the phones started ringing at Land Rover Glen Cove, just outside of Manhattan.
The fifth-generation Range Rover coming next spring sports the most radical changes in the 52-year history of the vehicle that ignited the luxury-SUV segment.
The SUV, redesigned for the 2022 model year, reflects the reality of today's new-vehicle market and finally acknowledges how the vast majority of luxury-SUV buyers really use their vehicles.
The reality is this: The luxury SUV is essentially replacing the luxury sedan. And few buyers who drop six figures on an off-road vehicle will ever muddy the tires, ford streams or ascend rocky hills.
So, unlike all previous Range Rovers, the 2022 model will not have permanent four-wheel drive. A new all-wheel-drive system decouples the front wheels from the transmission when the Rover is driving at highway speeds, a fuel-saving measure.
To help make maneuvering the big vehicle in city traffic easier, all fifth-generation Range Rovers will come standard with a four-wheel steering system that tightens the turning circle to just 36 feet — about the same radius as a Jaguar F-Type sports car.