Wed, Oct 11, 2017

Range Rover elevates silent luxury

The 2018 Range Rover features a redesigned luxurious cabin with more comfort and technology, as well as a petrol-electric hybrid vehicle, the P400e PHEV.

Comfort-enhancing functions include front seats with 24-way movement thanks to new seat frames, with wider and deeper foams as well as heated arm rests. In the rear a redesigned cabin and seating layout does not compromise to the rear load space.

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 luxurious seats offering 25 massage programmes thanks to Hot Stone massage technology within the seat backs. The wider, softer seats offer sumptuous comfort. Reclining by up to 40 degrees, they make the most of the additional 186 mm legroom (now 1,206 mm in total) 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. All seat functionality can be controlled via a smartphone app, whether inside or outside the vehicle.

The interior has been elevated by the 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. Information can be swiped from one screen to the other, making the layout highly intuitive and engaging to operate.


The efficient new P400e provides sustainable performance by combining a 300PS (221kW) 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine with a 116PS (85kW) electric motor. The 404PS (297kW) total available power output – available through the permanent four-wheel drive system – delivers 0-60mph in 6.4 seconds (0-100kmph in 6.8 seconds) and a maximum speed of 137 mph (220kmph). 

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

The vehicle provides an all-electric range of up to 31 miles (51km) without the petrol engine running. 

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 – the default parallel hybrid mode which combines petrol and electric drive and Electric Vehicle (EV) 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.

The 13.1 kWh high-voltage lithium-ion battery can be fully charged in as little as 2 hours 45 minutes at home using a 32 amp wall box or fully charged in 7 hours 30 minutes using the 10 amp home charging cable supplied as standard.

Further enhancements include:

• Gesture sunblind: opened and closed by an advanced gesture control system that senses an occupant’s hand movement.

• Air cabin ionisation to cleanse and purify the air for enhanced wellbeing

• Pixel-laser LED headlights: advanced technology is brighter and yet intelligently blanks sections of LEDs to avoid dazzling oncoming drivers

• Activity key: to lock and unlock their vehicle without the need to carry a key fob

To experience tailored Range Rover luxury and performance, 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 565PS (a 15PS increase), which delivers 0-60mph in only 5.1 seconds (0-100 kmph 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.

The new Range Rover will be produced at the company’s Solihull facility and is available to order now, with first deliveries from the end of 2017. 

Prices start from £79,595 for the standard model, £86,565 for the hybrid and £141,580 for the SVAutobiography Dynamic.

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