One of the fathers of luxury SUVs has just received a slight refresh for the 2018 model year – the Range Rover also announced with the plug in hybrid powertrain, but that’s for the 2019 model year.
The lordship Range Rover SUV includes fresh toys for 2018, along with a power increase for the flagship SV Autobiography Dynamic models, now packing a total of 557 horsepower from its 5.0-liter supercharged V8. Just like it was the case with the 2018 Range Rover Sport, the main news for the Range Rover series is the addition of the 2019 P400e plug in hybrid. For the entire lineup, Land Rover’s Chief Design Officer Gerry McGovern added a refreshed grille with various mesh inserts, new LED headlamps, and a new front bumper with wider vent blades. The sides get Satin Body-Colored or Atlas Accent finishes, along with more subtleties. The back is home to a reworked rear bumper with integrated exhaust tips – and the clients also get six new alloy wheel options and two new exterior hues. Accent packages are also available in Narvik Black, or Shadow Atlas.
More important modifications are visible inside the cabin, where there are new 24-way adjustable front seats on range-topping versions. Land Rover says these boast more comfort via more recline, foot room, and legroom – and their controls have been moved to the new door panels, with the heating, cooling and massage functions controllable using a new smartphone app. Drivers will benefit from the new 12-inch high-resolution digital instrument cluster display, while the interior gains a host of new trims and design options. There are also 17 connection points for USB, HDMI, and 12-volt plugs. 4G Wi-Fi hotspot and a power-deployable rear center console will allow the rear passengers to work or stay in touch with the outside world. The Range Rover Activity key even comes in place of the traditional key fob. LR also fits the InControl Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, complete with two 10-inch touchscreen displays on the center console and even swipable info from one screen to another…
Now back to the new plug-in hybrid option. Coming a little bit later, next year as a 2019 model, the first ever Range Rover P400e uses the same setup as the RR Sport – 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine from the Ingenium series churns out 296 hp and along with the 114 hp electric motor grabs all four wheels with a combined output of 398 horsepower – enough for the behemoth to thunder to 60 mph – 96 kph – in 6.4 seconds. Maximum speed reaches 137 mph, and the eco credentials of the PHEV include 31 miles – 50 km – of electric range.