We recently looked at what 2022 might hold for Jaguar Land Rover as the Coventry car maker continues to get back on track in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The company, Britain’s biggest car maker, faces a tough and challenging year in some respects but an exciting one in others.
Top of the agenda has to be ramping up production as the global automotive industry continues to struggle due to the semiconductor crisis.
The shortage of chips means Jaguar Land Rover has a massive backlog of orders to clear.
That’s good news in some respects but it really needs to get moving in terms of dealing with that work.
Like any car maker it also needs to be looking forward with new models in the pipeline.
We can certainly say there is plenty going on in this regard for Jaguar Land Rover as it progresses towards its electric future.
However, looking at 2022 specifically it looks like it’s going to be a fairly quiet year in terms of new models coming to market.
Some refreshes might be on the way and it would seem there is going to be a fair bit of activity from the Land Rover side of the business but we will have to wait a little longer as far as Jaguar is concerned.
The Big Cat, the brand more closely associated with Coventry, is undergoing a reinvention as part of CEO Thierry Bollore’s Reimagine strategy.
That was announced a year ago, and with it came the cancellation of new Jaguar models we might have expected to see by now such as the new XJ saloon and the J-Pace SUV.
It’s highly likely we will be given a glimpse of how Jaguar’s future might shape up this year but new models are still some way off.
Automotive magazine Autocar has published a guide to all the new models that are set to arrive in 2022; this lists three Jaguar Land Rover new arrivals, all of which are Land Rover vehicles.
Land Rover Bowler CSP 575
Early in 2021 Bowler Motors revealed its ultimate version of the new Land Rover Defender.
A Defender with a difference, Bowler’s Land Rover Defender rally car is set to compete in its own championship in 2022 – the Bowler Defender Challenge.
The CSP 575 will be Bowler’s first road-going car since being acquired by Jaguar Land Rover.
Around 12 CSP 575s set to be built per year, with prices starting at £200,000.
The new Range Rover
The all new Range Rover, which was unveiled to the world in October last year, is set to hit the showrooms in April.
The luxury SUV is the car maker’s flagship model and with prices starting at a shade under £100,000 it is very much aimed at those with deep pockets.
New Range Rovers don’t come along very often. This is only the fifth incarnation since the vehicle was launched in 1970.
The original model was created to complement the iconic Land-Rover (which later became the Defender) but the aim was to deliver something altogether different.
While the Land-Rover was a rugged go-anywhere off-roader loved by everyone from farmers to the military, the Range Rover was intended to offer comfort as an on-road vehicle but was also more than capable off-road.
It has of course evolved considerably since then and over time it has become far more of a luxury vehicle, albeit one that can still cut it in the mud.
The latest model represents the pinnacle of that evolution – with the emphasis very much on luxury,
Unusually the Coventry car maker has also offered the option of three rows of seats for the first time.
That has been made possible with the simultaneous launch of standard wheelbase (SWB) and long wheelbase (LWB) variants, with the ability to transport seven people an option on the LWB models.
Orders are now being taken for the new model in all its forms.
Land Rover Defender 130
Okay, we’re not going to see this in showrooms this year but it’s almost certain it will be formally unveiled as 2022 draws to a close.
A supersized Land Rover Defender that can seat up to eight people is generally acknowledged to be on the way.
A number of automotive publications have published spy shots of what is expected to be the Defender 130.
They have also suggested it will be launched in 2022.
The addition of a longer wheelbase Defender to supplement the 90 and 110 variants has always been mooted and is in line with Land Rover’s tradition of offering three different wheelbases for the old Defender, which went out of production in January 2016 after almost 70 years.
The new Defender was first unveiled in September 2019 and went on sale the following year.
Originally only the 110 model was available but the shorter Defender 90 was subsequently added to the range.
The Defender 130 would be the longest and largest of the bunch.
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