Range Rover 2018 plug-in hybrid luxury SUV debuts

Range Rover 2018 plug-in hybrid luxury SUV debuts

The reveal of the £80,000 British motor comes hot on the heels of the first ever plug-in Range Rover Sport.

The two models now spearhead the Jaguar Land Rover plan to have an electrified version of every model on sale by 2020.

The petrol V8 is also fitted to the top-of-the-range SVAutobiography model, where it develops 557bhp. Gerry McGovern, Land Rover's design director, said of the new cabin: "This interior is a revelation, rest assured". Also look for updates to the vent graphics, lower side accents, and rear bumper. This Range Rover will get a 2.0-liter four-cylinder Ingenium gas engine, which is only good for 296 hp on its own; add in the 85 kW electric motor, which is housed within the vehicle's eight-speed transmission, and the SUV will put out a total of 398 hp and a respectable 472 lb-ft of torque.

Available in standard wheelbase (SWB) and long wheelbase (LWB) body styles, the PHEV can dash from 0-100km/h in 6.8 seconds on the way to a top speed of 220km/h. On the combined cycle, it emits 64g/km of Carbon dioxide and achieves 101mpg.

A mid-range Vogue SE P400e hybrid is £93,465, while the range-topping long-wheelbase SVAutobiography is £177,030.

The P400e offers two driving modes: the default Parallel Hybrid and EV.

It can travel up to 31 miles on electric power, claims 101mpg and emits 64g/km of CO2.

A SAVE function prevents the battery charge from dropping below a pre-selected level, and when juices are low, it commands the vehicle to use the electric motor only once enough energy has been recuperated through regenerative braking or charging. The latter enables the vehicle to run exclusively on the electric motor while the prior combines petrol and electric drive with Predictive Energy Optimisation (PEO) and other functions.

The PHEV's 13.1kWh lithium-ion battery can be fully charged as soon as two hours and 45 minutes when using a dedicated 32-amp wall box, and offers 51km of pure-electric driving range, according to NEDC standards.

Although styling changes for this Range Rover are minor, they include a revised grille with a new gloss-black surround and widened air vents in the front bumper.

The most dramatic overhaul is inside, with equipment now more in step with the Velar.

The centre console also has two 10-inch HD touchscreens as part of the Touch Pro Duo tech allowing you to swipe from one screen to another. The luxury SUV has 24-way power front seats with new seat frames that support wider and deeper foams. 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 current Range Rover has been on sale since 2013, so this mid-life update is created to keep it looking fresh in the face of more modern rivals including the Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7.

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