We’ve known an all-electric Land Rover model was coming, but that was about it. Now, thanks to a report from Drive, we have confirmation it will ride on the same platform as the Jaguar I-Pace. It’s a smart move, because developing a new vehicle platform costs a ton of cash. Add in that it’s all-electric, and the costs soar.
This isn’t just some heresy. Drive says Land Rover Chief Creative Officer and the head of design, Gerry McGovern, shared the info at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Apparently, an all-electric Land Rover is coming sooner than later. We just saw the first two plug-in hybrid models from the brand, so things are moving quickly. At the show, McGovern openly explored the possibilities of an all-electric SUV, saying the extra space opened up by a lack of an engine up front meant Land Rover could do a cab-forward layout, à la the Jeep Forward Control. He mentioned other options, but that was the most outlandish, and probably the least likely.
McGovern put in that all three model lines for Land Rover — the Defender, Discovery, and Range Rover — will have at least one electrified option in the near future.
No matter the propulsion system, McGovern reassured everyone that future Land Rovers will still be able to conquer trails.