Close on the heels of the 2018 Range Rover Sport, which was shown last week, Land Rover has revealed the latest iteration of its flagship SUV with updates in styling and refinement as well as a new plug-in hybrid powertrain option.
While the mid-cycle design tweaks on the exterior are subtle, the cabin gets a redesign aimed at providing more comfort and access to even more technology features than before. Seats are wider and softer and in the Range Rover SVAutobiography Long Wheelbase, recline by up to 40 degrees, so that rear passengers can enjoy the additional 186mm legroom. The seats can now be controlled via a smartphone app, even from outside the vehicle. Meanwhile, the driver and front passenger get up to 24-way seat adjustment thanks to the new seat frames.
And for those customers who would want to keep abreast with their multi-million dollar business while being chauffeured around, the new Range Rover provides up to 17 connection points including domestic plug sockets, USB, HDMI and 12-volt, apart from 4G Wi-Fi hotspots for up to eight devices. To make sure you arrive at the next high profile meeting fresh and relaxed, the seats offer 25 massage programmes using Hot Stone massage technology incorporated into the seat backs.
“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,” says Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, Land Rover. “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,” he adds.
The big news though is the new plug-in hybrid powertrain in the Range Rover P400e PHEV that combines a 300bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine with an 85kW electric motor for a total system output of 404bhp and 640Nm of torque. With an all-electric range of 50km, the P400e offers two driving modes; a Parallel Hybrid mode that combines petrol and electric drive and leaves it to the driver to optimise battery charge or fuel economy, and a Predictive Energy Optimisation function that uses in-built GPS altitude data for a selected route to intelligently combine the electric motor and petrol engine to maximise fuel economy. It also comes equipped with rapid charging ability that lets the battery juice up fully in as little as 2 hours 45 minutes at home using a dedicated 32 amp wall box. The P400e is available in both standard and long wheelbase body styles.
The new Range Rover is available to order now, with first deliveries expected to start from early 2018.