The countdown is on. In the next five years, Land Rover will welcome six fully-electric vehicle variants to its lineup. That doesn’t mean that all Land Rovers will run strictly on electric power, but there will be numerous options for customers.
All three Land Rover families – Range Rover, Discovery,
and Defender – will be impacted as part of the powertrain introductions. The first of these pure electric variants will arrive in 2024.
The electric vehicles (EVs) will ride on Land Rover’s forthcoming flex Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA). Vehicles built on that platform will be capable of having electrified internal combustion engines or funning on all-electric powertrains. Additionally, Land Rover will soon make a pure-electric biased Electric Modular Architecture (EMA), which will support “advanced electrified” internal combustion engines.
The Land Rover Range Rover is already offered with an electrified powertrain.Photo courtesy of Land Rover
Land Rover hasn’t specified what exactly they mean by the two types of engines, but it’s likely that an electrified internal combustion engine refers to 48-volt, or similar, technology that’s often referred to as mild-hybrid. Advanced electrified internal combustion engines is probably a fancy way of saying plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) power.
JLA’s plant in Solihull, West Midlands, England will be the home of vehicles built on the MLA architecture. It will also be home to the future Jaguar electric vehicle lineup. The plant currently produces the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar, and Jaguar F-Pace.
The Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque are made at a former Ford plant in Liverpool, England while the Discovery and Defender are made in Slovakia.
The current generation Land Rover Range Rover was introduced in 2012 it’s one of the oldest Land Rovers in the fleet alongside the Range Rover Sport, which was introduced in 2013 and facelifted in 2013. The new generation of the Range Rover Evoque debuted for the 2020 model year while the Range Rover Velar made its dealership debut in 2017.
The Discovery and Discovery Sport are a little younger, with the Disco making its market debut in 2017 and the smaller Discovery Sport debuting in 2019.
Land Rover’s Defender made its debut for the 2020 model year, bringing back the heralded nameplate to the U.S. following a years-long absence.
It would make sense that Land Rover would begin electrifying its lineup starting with the next-generation of the model(s) it intends to bring to market first. The company already offers an electrified Range Rover. Look for electrified variants of the Range Rover Sport, Discovery, Discovery Sport, and Defender to come to market as their generations move from one to the next.
Land Rover anticipates that 60 percent of its sales will be made up of vehicles that have zero tailpipe emissions by 2030.