The Range Rover name continues to astonish with its new Range Rover P400e.
In the early 1970s, the Range Rover was described as an “exemplary work of industrial design” by the Musée du Lourve in Paris. Throughout the years, Range Rovers have continuously evolved to lead the world around it, remaining the peerless luxury SUV of today.
As a testament to this, technology once again drives the new Range Rover to take the next major step, with a plug-in hybrid electric powertrain that provides sustainable luxury and new capabilities to complement its refinement and desirability. Even the exterior design of the Range Rover P400e has evolved, while adding heightened comfort and new consumer technologies to the cabin.
The elegance of the interior has been elevated by the seamless integration of the most advanced infotainment system, featuring the Touch Pro Duo (codenamed ‘Blade’) which combines two high-definition 10-inch touchscreens on the centre console.
Apart from that, the interior involves front seats that feature 24-way movement, thanks to the new seat frames with wider and deeper foams as well as heated arm rests. The rear has a completely redesigned cabin and seating layout create a tranquil sanctuary with no compromise to the rear load space.
As if that wasn’t good enough, the new Range Rover also offers 17 connection points including domestic plug sockets, USB, HDMI and 12-volt are available, along with 4G WiFi hotspots for up to eight devices and convenient storage. Meanwhile, the cabin is tailored for relaxation while driving with luxurious seats offering 25 massage programmes via Hot Stone massage technology within 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. 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,” states Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, Land Rover.
The efficient new Range Rover P400e provides sustainable performance by combining a 300PS (221kW) 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine with a 116PS (85kW) electric motor. With an impressive 640Nm of torque, the new powertrain combines to deliver dynamic performance with traditional Range Rover capability, comfort and refinement.
Furthermore, 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 (51km) without the Ingenium petrol engine running. For the first time, customers choosing Land Rover’s flagship SUV can experience zero-emission driving.
Drivers of the new PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) model can choose from two driving modes. For one, the Parallel Hybrid mode (the default driving mode) combines petrol and electric drive to optimise battery charge or fuel economy.
Alternatively, they may also choose the EV (Electric Vehicle) mode, which 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.
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 32amp wall box. The battery can be fully charged in 7 hours 30 minutes using the 10amp home charging cable supplied as standard. The Range Rover’s battery is covered by an eight-year, 100,000-mile, 70% state of health warranty.
To experience tailored Range Rover luxury and performance in its most dynamic form, customers can now savour the enhanced SV Autobiography Dynamic – the most powerful production Range Rover to date. The output from its V8 supercharged petrol engine is up to 565PS (a 15PS increase), which delivers 0 to 60mph in only 5.1 seconds (0 to 100km/h in 5.4 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 will proceed with its first deliveries by the end of 2017.