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Silent luxury as fourth generation Range Rover enters low-tax PHEV age

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The new Range Rover


10 October 2017

New plug-in hybrid electric and petrol power combined

  • Price from £86,965 standard wheelbase to £168,015 for  SVAutobiography long wheelbase
  • Total power: 404bhp
  • 0-60 in 6.4sec SWB, 6.5 LWB, 137mph maximum
  • Fuel economy: 101mpg
  • Combined NEDC CO2 emissions: 64g/km
  • BIK band 13% 2017/18, 16% 2018/19, 18% 2019/20, 17% 2020/21
  • Electric range: 31 miles
  • Rapid charging time: 2 hours 45 minutes

RANGE ROVER, the pinnacle of go-anywhere luxury travel, enters the tax-friendly low emissions age with its new range for 2018 including the flagship’s first plug-in hybrid Range Rover PHEV.

From just under £87,000 you can have the standard wheelbase 404bhp version good to sprint to 60mph in just 6.4sec – a second slower than the Range Rover Sport version announced last week but good for the same 64g/km CO2 emissions for low company car tax and 101 miles per gallon.

Or you can splash out a bit – and this is one electric machine that defies science by loving a mucky splash – with the ultimate in luxury with the long wheelbase SVAutobiography at nearly double the price, at £168,015.

 PHEV plug-in hybrid Range Rover.
The long wheelbase Range Rover PHEV, priced at up to £168,015

Those are the environmentally friendly PHEV versions in the new range priced from £79,595 on the road.

If you want the ultimate in luxury muscle power, you can opt for the long wheelbase V8 S/C SVAutobiography flagship, its power now boosted to 565bhp, priced from £177,030.

New 2018 MY Range Rover

  • Elegant and intuitive Touch Pro Duo infotainment system with twin high-definition touchscreen controls is a digital butler fit for the 21st Century
  • New 565hpRange Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic mixes sumptuous interior with V8 supercharged performance (0-60mph in 5.1 seconds)

Conceived nearly 50 years ago for the country set to use on the rural estate and then drive to the townhouse, Range Rover has continuously evolved to lead the world around it, remaining the peerless luxury SUV.

Today technology drives the new Range Rover’s next major step, with a plug-in hybrid electric powertrain providing sustainable luxury with new levels of efficiency and capability complementing its refinement and desirability.

The exterior design has evolved, while heightened comfort and new consumer technologies have been added to the cabin.

Comfort-enhancing functions transform the travelling experience for the driver and passengers. The front seats feature up to 24-way movement thanks to the new seat frames, with wider and deeper foams as well as heated arm rests.

 PHEV plug-in hybrid Range Rover.
Ultimate luxury: SVAutobiography interior

In the rear a completely redesigned cabin and seating layout create a tranquil sanctuary with no compromise to the rear load space.

If you’re working while being driven, up to 17 connection points including domestic plug sockets, USB, HDMI and 12-volt are all available; 4G Wi-Fi hotspots for up to eight devices and convenient storage are all designed for the business traveller. The cabin is tailored for relaxation with luxurious seats offering 25 massage programmes thanks to Hot Stone massage technology within the seat backs.

Wider, softer seats offer sumptuous comfort. Reclining by up to 40 degrees, they make the most of the additional 186mm legroom (now 1,206mm in total) which the Autobiography Long Wheelbase model has to offer, and can be deployed at the touch of button.

The exemplary comfort extends to heated and cooled seats, plus heated arm, foot and calf rests. For additional convenience and personalisation, all seat functionality can be controlled via a smartphone app, whether inside or outside the vehicle.

Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s chief design officer, says: “Our customers are very clear about what they want from any new Range Rover. ‘Don’t change it, just make it better,’ they tell us, so everything we’ve done has been about enhancing our flagship SUV.

After nearly 50 years the fourth generation Range Rover is the finest so far, ensuring the original luxury SUV remains the choice for discerning customers the world over.

The elegance of the interior has been elevated by the seamless integration of the most advanced infotainment system yet created by Jaguar Land Rover. Touch Pro Duo, codenamed ‘Blade’, combines two high-definition 10-inch touchscreens on the centre console working in perfect harmony. Information can be swiped from one screen to the other, making the layout highly intuitive and engaging to operate, with unrivalled functionality.

Following the introduction of the new Range Rover Sport plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) last week, Jaguar Land Rover’s ICE to ACE journey continues, moving from conventional internal combustion engines to autonomous, connected and electrified vehicles.

The efficient new Range Rover P400e PHEV provides sustainable performance by combining a 300hp (221kW) 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine with an 85kW electric motor. The 404hp (297kW) total available power output[1] – available through the permanent four-wheel drive system – delivers 0-60mph in 6.4 seconds and a maximum speed of 137mph.

With an impressive 640Nm of torque, the new powertrain combines to deliver dynamic performance with traditional Range Rover capability, comfort and refinement.

Thanks to its electrified powertrain, the Range Rover P400e emits only 64g/km on the NEDC combined cycle and provides an all-electric range of up to 31 miles without the Ingenium petrol engine running. For the first time, customers choosing Land Rover’s flagship SUV can experience zero-emission driving.

The P400e provides whisper-quiet refinement with uncompromised off-road capability as well as enabling entry into areas with restrictions for air quality, including most congestion charging zones.

Drivers of the new PHEV model can choose from two driving modes:

  • Parallel Hybrid mode (the default driving mode) – combines petrol and electric drive.

The driver can optimise battery charge or fuel economy by utilising one of two charge management functions:
SAVE function – prevents the battery charge dropping below a pre-selected level

Predictive Energy Optimisation (PEO) function – entering a destination in the navigation system enables the feature, which utilises in built GPS altitude data for the selected route, to intelligently combine the electric motor and petrol engine to maximise fuel economy.

  • EV (Electric Vehicle) mode – enables the vehicle to run solely on the electric motor using the energy stored in the battery.


The ideal solution for quiet, zero-emission journeys

The powertrain’s precision and control make for serene progress in all conditions and across all terrains. Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 technology has a unique calibration to intelligently and precisely distribute torque from the electric motor, which has no creep speed and is able to deliver maximum torque from zero rpm, to all four wheels.

This gives greater control during low-speed off-road manoeuvres, confirming Range Rover’s outstanding breadth of effortless capability.

Nick Collins, Land Rover vehicle line director, says: “The new Range Rover takes our luxury SUV to new heights, delivering enhanced refinement, luxury and all-terrain capability.

“The new PHEV powertrain isn’t simply a no-compromise solution – it builds on the traditions of our flagship SUV and delivers heightened refinement and comfort with impressive performance and efficiency.”

When rapid charging the 13.1kWh high-voltage lithium-ion battery, a full charge can be achieved in as little as 2 hours 45 minutes at home using a dedicated 32A wall box.

The battery can be fully charged in 7 hours 30 minutes using the 10A home charging cable supplied as standard.

The Range Rover’s battery is covered by an eight-year, 100,000-mile, 70 per cent state of health warranty.

The Range Rover 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol engine is longitudinally mounted, with the 85kW electric motor housed in the ZF automatic eight-speed transmission at the centre of the vehicle alongside the 7kW on-board charger. The access point for the cable is at the front of the vehicle, while the prismatic cell lithium-ion battery is mounted at the rear beneath the boot floor.

Further technologies for greater comfort and convenience:

  • Gesture sunblind: opened and closed by an advanced gesture control system that senses an occupant’s hand movement. All it takes to open the blind is a rearward swipe in front of the rear view mirror, and forwards to close
  • Cabin Air Ionisation: uses nano-sized charged water particles to cleanse and purify the air for enhanced passenger wellbeing
  • Pixel-laser LED headlights: advanced technology is brighter and yet intelligently blanks sections of LEDs to avoid dazzling oncoming drivers
  • Activity key: customers can securely lock and unlock their vehicle without the need to carry a conventional key fob

To experience tailored Range Rover luxury and performance in its most dynamic form, customers can now savour the enhanced SVAutobiography Dynamic – the most powerful production Range Rover to date.

The output from its V8 supercharged petrol engine is up to 565hp (a 15hp increase), which delivers 0-60mph in only 5.1 seconds. Striking design revisions include an exclusive Graphite Atlas mesh grille design with chrome inserts and a revised rear bumper with integrated metal tailpipe finishers.

Designed and engineered by Jaguar Land Rover in the UK, the new Range Rover will be produced at the company’s Solihull production facility and is available to order now, with first deliveries from early 2018.

Range Rover UK Pricing

Powertrain Fuel Type  On The Road Price (from)
3.0L TDV6 258HP
TDV6 Vogue Diesel £79,595
TDV6 Vogue SE Diesel £86,195
TDV6 Autobiography Diesel £98,595
4.4L SDV8 339HP
SDV8 Vogue Diesel £86,700
SDV8 Vogue SE Diesel £93,300
SDV8 Autobiography Diesel £105,700
2.0L P400e PHEV 404HP
P400e Vogue Petrol PHEV £86,965
P400e Vogue SE Petrol PHEV £93,465
P400e Autobiography Petrol PHEV £105,865
3.0L V6 S/C 340HP
V6 S/C Vogue SE Petrol £86,565
5.0L V8 S/C 525HP
V8 S/C Autobiography Petrol £109,530
5.0L V8 S/C 565HP
V8 S/C SVAutobiography Dynamic Petrol £141,580
4.4L SDV8 339HP
SDV8 Autobiography LWB Diesel £112,900
SDV8 SVAutobiography LWB Diesel £167,850
2.0L P400e PHEV 404HP
P400e Autobiography LWB Petrol PHEV £113,065
P400e SVAutobiography LWB Petrol PHEV £168,015
5.0L V8 S/C 525HP
V8 S/C Autobiography LWB Petrol £116,730
5.0L V8 S/C 565HP
V8 S/C SVAutobiography LWB Petrol £177,030

[1] Peak internal combustion engine and electric power not delivered at same engine speed


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