Re­vised Range Rover Mid-life re­fresh for lux­ury SUV

Range Rover re­ceives mi­nor facelift and gains 557bhp flag­ship and plug-in hy­brid

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Land Rover is ramp­ing up its elec­tri­fied range with the re­vised Range Rover, which now of­fers a plug-in petrol hy­brid with 31 miles of elec­tric-only range.

The in­tro­duc­tion of a plug-in hy­brid elec­tric ve­hi­cle (PHEV) to the up­dated Range Rover line-up fol­lows the an­nounce­ment last week of the Range Rover Sport PHEV, which uses an iden­ti­cal pow­er­train.

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

The up­dated Range Rover, which ri­vals the Mercedes-benz GLS and Bent­ley Ben­tayga, also gets an over­hauled in­te­rior to bring it into line with the Ve­lar and a new range-top­ping Svau­to­bi­og­ra­phy Dy­namic.

The most pow­er­ful pro­duc­tion Range Rover yet, the Svau­to­bi­og­ra­phy Dy­namic uses a 5.0-litre su­per­charged petrol V8 with 557bhp, a 15bhp in­crease over its pre­de­ces­sor, and has 516lb ft of torque. It cov­ers 0-62mph in 5.4sec, 1.4sec slower than the W12pow­ered Ben­tayga.

Cre­ated by JLR’S Spe­cial Ve­hi­cle Op­er­a­tions, the range-top­per has a new chas­sis cal­i­bra­tion to op­ti­mise per­for­mance as an al­ter­na­tive to the stan­dard Com­fort mode. This low­ers the ride height by 8mm and is de­signed to “heighten driver en­gage­ment with­out com­pro­mis­ing com­fort”, ac­cord­ing to the firm.

The flag­ship model also gets an ex­clu­sive mesh grille de­sign with chrome in­serts and a re­vised rear bumper with in­te­grated metal tailpipes.

The new Range Rover P400e PHEV com­bines a 296bhp 2.0-litre four-cylin­der In­ge­nium petrol unit with a 114bhp elec­tric mo­tor, of­fer­ing a to­tal out­put of 398bhp avail­able through the per­ma­nent four-wheel drive sys­tem. It de­liv­ers 0-62mph in 6.8sec and a top speed of 137mph. On the com­bined cy­cle, it emits 64g/km of CO2 and achieves 101mpg.

The P400e, which is of­fered in both stan­dard and long­wheel­base styles, re­places the SDV6 Hy­brid Diesel pow­er­train that was pre­vi­ously of­fered.

JLR ve­hi­cle line di­rec­tor Nick Collins said: “[The PHEV] isn’t sim­ply a no-com­pro­mise so­lu­tion. It builds on the tra­di­tions of our flag­ship SUV and de­liv­ers height­ened re­fine­ment and com­fort with impressive per­for­mance and ef­fi­ciency.”

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

Par­al­lel Hy­brid mode com­bines petrol and elec­tric drive and al­lows the driver to op­ti­mise bat­tery charge or fuel econ­omy. It has a Save func­tion that pre­vents the bat­tery charge drop­ping be­low a se­lected level. A Pre­dic­tive En­ergy Op­ti­mi­sa­tion func­tion re­quires you to en­ter a des­ti­na­tion into the nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem. The sys­tem, which is sim­i­lar to that in many new plug-in hy­brids such as the BMW 330e, then uses GPS al­ti­tude data to op­ti­mise the switch between elec­tric mo­tor and petrol engine, max­imis­ing

fuel econ­omy over dif­fer­ent gra­di­ents.

The 13.1kwh lithium ion bat­tery sits at the rear be­neath the boot floor, so there is less boot space than in the stan­dard car. Charg­ing cable ac­cess is be­hind the Land Rover badge on the right of the front grille.

Land Rover says a full charge can take as lit­tle as two hours 45 min­utes via a spe­cial home wall box, but a stan­dard charge takes seven hours 30 min­utes.

A full range of petrol and diesel pow­er­trains, in­clud­ing V6 and V8 units, sits along­side the Svau­to­bi­og­ra­phy Dy­namic and P400e in the line-up.

Styling changes across the Range Rover line-up in­clude a re­freshed grille with a gloss black sur­round and a front bumper with widened vent blades. At the rear, the up­dated bumper in­te­grates the ex­haust tailpipes in all mod­els.

There are also six new al­loy wheel de­signs, two new metal­lic paint colours (Ros­sello Red and Byron Blue) and four LED head­light op­tions.

The most dra­matic over­haul is in­side, with equip­ment now more in step with the Ve­lar. The line-up gets Touch Pro Duo in­fo­tain­ment, which fea­tures two 10.0in touch­screens on the cen­tral con­sole. The front seats have new seat frames with wider and deeper foams and heated arm­rests.

There are also up to 17 con­nec­tion points, in­clud­ing do­mes­tic plug sock­ets and USB, as well as 4G wi-fi hotspots for up to eight de­vices.

The up­dated Range Rover starts from £79,595 for the 3.0-litre TDV6 Vogue, £2800 more than the equiv­a­lent out­go­ing model. The P400e is priced from £86,895 and the Svau­to­bi­og­ra­phy Dy­namic costs £141,580 — £21,120 less than the W12 Ben­tayga. The long-wheel­base Range Rover starts at £112,900.

On the com­bined cy­cle, the plug-in hy­brid achieves 64g/km and 101mpg

Prices for the new Range Rover will start from £79,595 Up­graded in­te­rior now more closely re­sem­bles the Ve­lar’s Plug-in hy­brid will be ca­pa­ble off road, says Land Rover

Plug-in hy­brid is claimed to do 0-62mph in 6.8sec and hit 137mph

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