Range Rover: Opening and closing the tailgate - Entering the vehicle - Range Rover Owner's ManualRange Rover: Opening and closing the tailgate


Ensure there is minimum space of 39 in (1.0 m) above the rear of the vehicle before operating the tailgate. Insufficient space may result in damage to the vehicle. Do not operate the tailgate if a cycle rack is fitted to the tailgate. Remove any cycles and/or racks before operating the tailgate.

There are two types of tailgate, powered and manual.

There are three possible ways to open the tailgate (powered and manual):

There are three possible ways to open the tailgate (powered and manual):

  • • Press the button on the Smart Key.
  • • Press the internal release switch.
  • • Press and release the external release switch.


If the Smart Key is inadvertently left inside the loadspace and the vehicle is locked and the alarm set, an audible warning will sound and the tailgate will re-open after three seconds.

Note: The tailgate will not open if the vehicle is traveling at or above approximately 3.1 mph (5 km/h).

Note: When using the external release switch, all doors must be unlocked and the gear selector in the Park (P) position.

Manual tailgate: After the tailgate is opened, lift the tailgate to the desired height.

Manually close the tailgate when required. Powered tailgate: After the tailgate is opened to its set height, it can be manually raised or lowered. If the tailgate fails to open correctly, close it manually then press the tailgate release switch again.

Press the tailgate close switch (see above) to close the tailgate.

Press the tailgate close switch (see above) to close the tailgate.

As the closing tailgate reaches its lowest position, it will 'soft close' to the fully closed position. If the vehicle was previously locked, all doors will re-lock automatically to the previous locked state and the alarm will re-arm.

Note: If a tailgate switch is pressed while the tailgate is opening or closing, all movement will stop. However, if a switch is pressed during the 'soft close' stage, the open request will be ignored.


Before operating the tailgate, ensure that anyone in the vicinity does not have any part of their body in a position where it could be trapped. Note that the 'soft close' action does not incorporate object detection. Death or serious injury could occur, even with an object detection system.

While the tailgate is open, the locking platform and latch are exposed. Do not manually close the latch as it may also automatically 'soft close' and trap items or body parts.

Object detection while opening: If an object is detected that would interfere with the tailgate opening, tailgate movement will stop. Remove any obstructions and press the tailgate switch again to open.

Object detection while closing: If an object is detected that would interfere with the tailgate closing, tailgate movement will stop and then reverse a short distance. An audible warning will be given to indicate a mislock. Remove any obstruction and press the tailgate switch again to close.

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