Updated Range Rover Freshens up and Plugs in [w/ Videos]
For almost a half century, Land Rover’s Range Rover has been one of the leading lights in the luxury SUV segment. But the auto industry, particularly where segments this hot and lucrative are concerned, never stands still, so Jaguar Land Rover can’t afford to let its iconic cash cow grow even a little bit stale. Thankfully, the Anglo-Indian outfit is acutely aware of this, so it’s giving the 2018 model a major makeover…with an even bigger change on tap for the 2019 model year.
But first, back to the revisions for next year. You can still get it in regular or long wheelbase guise, with engine choices of a 3.0L supercharged V6, a 3.0L turbodiesel V6, or a 5.0L supercharged V8 (depending on trim level and body length), but there are some cool changes like optional 24-way(!) power adjustable front seats, redesigned rear seats with up to 25 “hot stone” massage modes, gesture-controlled sunshades, and dual 10” center dashboard touchscreens. Oh, and the lineup-topping (Base price: $177,200) SVAutobiography Dynamic sees its force-fed V8 upgraded to produce 557 horsepower and a claimed 0-60 time of 5.1 seconds.
At the other end of the energy consumption spectrum, there’s the 2019 Range Rover P400e plug-in hybrid. It will team the corporate Ingenium 2.0L turbo inline-four (rated at 296 horsepower) with an electric motor (rated at 114 horsepower) to produce a combined peak of 398 horsepower and 472 lb.-ft of torque. Land Rover says sprints to 60 mph will take 6.8 seconds, while a full charge will take you up to 31 miles in electric-only mode. And because it’s a Range Rover, it’ll still get you over hill, dale and just about anything else in total comfort. Perhaps you really can have it all…
Source: Land Rover